The church attended by Michael Brown and his family near Ferguson, Missouri, was reportedly one of the buildings burned to the ground during Monday night’s protests and riots, following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson.
Flood Christian Church is located three miles away from downtown Ferguson, where the majority of the buildings and businesses that were destroyed are located. Pastor Carlton Lee doesn't think it was protesters who burned it down, though, reports the Daily Mail. Rather, Pastor Lee believes white supremacists did the deed.
“I’m very vocal in regards to the Michael Brown case,” Lee said. “The police called me and told me the church was on fire. I was in complete disbelief. I didn’t think anyone would set a church on fire.”
Lee says he has received 71 death threats since he has taken part in rallies and press conferences, alongside Michael Brown Sr., following the teen’s August death after he was fatally shot by Wilson.
The buildings beside the church were not touched, reports NBC News, leading Lee to believe he and his house of worship were targeted. The pastor says Brown Sr. is “devastated” by the loss of his church and has vowed to help rebuild it.
“I feel like one of my children has died,” Lee said. “I put my blood, my sweat, my tears into this church, getting this church built from the ground up. To see that it was taken down in a few minutes is really heartbreaking.”