MARYVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois church where the senior pastor was killed during his sermon a week ago has resumed services with support from a clergyman whose church also experienced a violent attack.
The Rev. Al Meredith of Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, opened Sunday's early service at Maryville's First Baptist Church in Maryville, Illinois, by apologizing that he's not "Pastor Fred."
Meredith recounted how his own church in 1999 was the scene of an attack in which another gunman killed seven people and committed suicide.
Meredith says First Baptist may never get over what happened but should use the tragedy for spiritual outreach.