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Ocean City Residents Saddened and Shocked by Church Tragedy

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OCEAN CITY, Md.-It was a bit of an eerie feeling around Saint Paul's By the Sea Episcopal Church on Wednesday.

Many people in and around Ocean City said the burnt and now shut down church is a known staple in the beach town community. 

"I'm just too sad to even talk about it," said Lorraine Ihle of Ocean City, "I haven't stopped thinking about it at all and the fact it serviced so many families."

Claudia Nagle with West Ocean City's Diakonia food pantry said that those people and families who depended on the church for food and assistance can now turn to the organization for help. 

"It's that time of the year and our food supply is coming in right now," said Nagle, "so we will share that in ways so that everybody will have what they need." 

It's that need which Jason D'amore of Berlin said no doubt the community will come together to help fill. However he said, it's still hard not to have a feeling of sadness when driving past the now burned and boarded up church. 

"It's devastating for an area like this," said D'amore, "that is not something that typically happens. Ocean City is a safe and family oriented place and that particular church is a gift to the community for many many years."

WBOC also received a statement from town Mayor, Rick Meehan:

"This is a very sad time for our community.  It is very rare for us to experience a loss like this, especially of someone who was so active in the Ocean City community.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Reverend Dingwall and the congregation at St. Paul's by the Sea during this very difficult time."

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