Members Of Church Congregation Are Relieved After Arrest

By: Julie Maloney
By: Julie Maloney

An eastern Kentucky congregation is feeling a little relieved after police make two arrests in connection with shots fired into a Laurel County church.

After coming to church a little paranoid the past few weeks, members of the Robinson Creek Missionary Baptist Church say they're willing to forgive the men responsible for damaging their place of worship, but it's not something they will easily forget.

Wednesday afternoon Laurel County police say they arrested 19-year-old Brandon Thorpe and 18-year-old Jesse Baker who both confessed to firing shots into the Robinson Creek Baptist Church.

Pastor Geral Wells says the incident has caused fear for many, but he says it's something they will forgive.

"I think we all live with the reality that things happen and they don't always happen somewhere else. Certainly God's people are forgiving people," Pastor Wells said.

But Pastor Wells also says there has to be accountability for actions.

Members say this has been an experience that has definitely bonded the congregation and even youth in the church say they hope something positive comes out of this.

They hope the two men arrested can still find a better road in life.


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