Valley Church Implements Safety Precautions

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WESLACO------The First Baptist Church in Weslaco is making changes to ensure their congregation is safe.

This comes just one week after the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs.

"What happened a week ago, really hit us hard," Aguilar said.

Jose Aguilar Jr. is an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Weslaco.

A statewide moment of silence took place at 11:30 a.m., the time the shooter began his rampage that claimed 26 lives last week.

Aguilar says since the deadly shooting, they've taken several precautions, including showing a safety video to the congregation at the beginning of the church service.

"It tells you what to do in the case of an active shooter, so we did share that with our congregation today, and will continue to implement other plans, just in case that does happen," Aguilar said.

Aguilar says they never imagined having to issue this warning.

"It is odd that we do have to go through that, but again, as we mentioned earlier, it's something that we shouldn't be surprised," Aguilar said.

"We do have as you just noted, an armed officer on our campus, to also prevent anything from happening," Aguilar said.

Aguilar says they are still grieving the loss of the innocent lives that were taken.

"We all are under the Baptist umbrella, so we do have a relationship with that church at some level. It does really hit home," Aguilar said.

He says he hopes this does not deter people from attending church.

Aguilar says they will continue to implement these safety precautions for as long as they need them.

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