Forest Hill Pastor Laid to Rest Saturday

Funeral to be held at noon Saturday

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    Family and friends will bury a beloved North Texas pastor Saturday, five days after he was brutally murdered inside his Forest Hill church.

    Pastor Danny Kirk was killed Monday after police say Derrick Birdow crashed his car into the Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church before beating the pastor to death with an electric guitar.

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    Hundreds of mourners and the slain pastor's family filled Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church's parking lot to remember Danny Kirk Sr. The suspect's widow, a member of the congregation, also attended the vigil.

    Officers responding to a 911 call from the church confronted Birdow and subdued him with a stun gun and placed him in a police car.  When they went to check on him 10 minutes later, he was unresponsive.  Birdow was later declared dead.

    The pastor had a daughter, Danielle, that died when she was 3-years-old.  Church members said the family was still struggling with her death and that Kirk's son found comfort in the fact that his father and sister are now together.

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    A medical examiner has released the name of a man who died in police custody after police say attacked and killed a church pastor in suburban Fort Worth. Police don't know if Derrick Birdow knew Reverend Danny Kirk Senior. An officer used a stun gun on Birdow after Kirk was fatally beaten.

    The pastor's funeral will be held at Fort Worth's Great Commission Missionary Baptist Church at noon. A wake was held Friday night.

    NBC 5's Ellen Goldberg contributed to this report.