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Whitesboro pastor will offer comfort to El Paso residents

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WHITESBORO, Texas -- A Texoma pastor is one of four clergymen headed to El Paso to help the people of that border city deal with the aftermath of Saturday's mass shooting that left 21 dead and dozens more injured.

Mike Flanagan is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Whitesboro; he's also a chaplain.

Flanagan and four other chaplains from Texas will be in El Paso to offer support and a listening ear.

Flanagan said he just wants to show the people God's love, and give them someone to talk to about what they went through.

The pastor has dealt with the aftermath of some murders during his time as a chaplain, but never anything like this massacre.

"Being a chaplain in a situation like this is mainly a ministry of presence," Flanagan said. "We wear uniforms; we're identified as chaplains on our T-shirts and our badges; and a lot of people will just approach us and want to talk."

The four chaplains plan to spend eight days helping the shattered residents of El Paso.

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