RUSSELLVILLE, AR - Roughly half of the churchgoers at First Baptist Church Russellville died of starvation Sunday after the pastor tragically went 15 minutes over his standard sermon time, local sources confirmed.
"We don't know if the pastor simply lost track of time due to passion while preaching the word of God, or if something more nefarious was going on," police chief Dwayne Carroll told reporters Monday.
"It's hard to imagine that Pastor Frank did not notice the panicked glances at phones and watches, along with the thunderous stomach growls and moans of agony reverberating throughout the sanctuary within minutes after he began to breach his normal closing time," the chief continued. "Whatever the case, he went well over his standard allotted time for delivering his message, and roughly 75 people in attendance simply could not hold out, succumbing to their hunger before the the end of the church service."
Thankfully, the other half of the congregation was able to make a speedy exit as soon as they were dismissed, frantically rushing out the doors and flooding all local restaurants for emergency sustenance.
"Pastor Frank should have known the dire consequences of a church service going even a minute past its normal ending time," one survivor noted to reporters. "I mean, people have to eat."
Police Chief Carroll confirmed that the investigation is ongoing.