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Texas pastor fatally beaten was 'man of integrity'

Texas pastor fatally beaten was 'man of integrity'

CREATED Oct 30, 2012

FOREST HILL, Texas (AP) -- Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. greeted everyone walking into his Texas church on Sundays with a big hug. He spent weekdays visiting folks in the hospital or doing household repairs for the needy.

Church members are now looking for answers following the violent death of a pastor they described as a "man of integrity."

Police in the Fort Worth suburb of Forest Hill say Kirk was killed Monday by a man who rammed a car into a church wall, then chased and beat Kirk with a guitar.

Police say they don't know the motive or if the attacker knew Kirk. The suspect, who police subdued by using a Taser, died after being taken into custody.

Associate minister Claudie Loftin says the 800-member church is grieving but will recover with God's help.