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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)-  Reverend Shawn Hornsby walks into First Methodist Church in West Monroe everyday, with the word of God on his mind.

Now he's thinking more about his safety,  after a fellow pastor was gunned down in Lake Charles.

"Its very disheartening and its very tragic because the whole idea is we gather in our churches in our sanctuary.  That word is very important for us to realize because it is suppose to be a place of safety" says Hornsby.

On Friday night's shooting at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles, a pastor was shot and killed as he was preaching by a man said to be a deacon at the church.

Although Hornsby never questions the safety at his church, He says events like these make him glad they have church security.

"We have formed a safe sanctuaries committee that a group of folks who some of them have law enforcement experience and they have just walked around and made themselves more aware of the place and potential trouble. We have also engaged in hiring a deputy" says Hornesby.

These safety measures have made members of his congregation feel more safe.

"I feel more comfortable with the officer on because there is no telling with the way things are today anything can happen anywhere" says Ramirez.

For Hornsby, He is happy he can walk through the halls of his church everyday knowing his congregation is safe.

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