SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (RNS) — The funerals were yet to be held.

The eulogies were yet to be given.

The bodies were yet to be buried.

But one thing was already clear in this tiny Texas town of 600 a couple days after one of the worst mass shootings at an American church: First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs will be razed.

The site where 25 people were shot dead by a lone gunman who sprayed the small sanctuary with hundreds of bullets will give way to a newly constructed church, a denominational official said.

In what is becoming a grim American ritual,

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