CARTHAGE, N.C. (BP)–A Southern Baptist congregation opened its doors to grieving community members March 29 after a gunman killed seven elderly residents and one staff member of a nursing home in Carthage, N.C.
First Baptist Church of Carthage responded quickly to the crisis at Pinelake Health and Rehab, which is located just a few minutes’ drive from the church building in the community of about 2,000 located 60 miles southwest of Raleigh. Families of the victims spent much of the day at the church, according to the Associated Press.
“This is a small community built on faith and faith will get us through,” Carthage police chief Chris McKenzie told the AP. Read the rest of this entry