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Onlookers watch as church demolished after partial collapse

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Shiela Alcorn and her father Charles Little watch the final demolition of the Rios De Agua Viva Church. Little was a pastor there from 1972 to 1987. Shiela Alcorn and her father Charles Little watch the final demolition of the Rios De Agua Viva Church. Little was a pastor there from 1972 to 1987.
Shiela Alcorn collects some bricks from the Rios De Agua Viva Church debris. Shiela Alcorn collects some bricks from the Rios De Agua Viva Church debris.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

It was a terrifying day for those inside a Kansas City church when it collapsed the morning of Aug. 7.

Since then, crews have been working to demolish the church that was first built as a theater back in 1931. The Rios De Agua Viva Church is now gone as demolition crews tore down the last pieces of it Saturday.

"It's like a piece of my childhood has died," said Shiela Alcorn, a daughter of one of the church's former pastors.

Three weeks before, a part of the church collapsed with 64 people inside. Luckily, no one was hurt, but inspectors suspect heavy rains and the building's old age were to blame.

"It's just hard because my childhood was started here," Alcorn said.

Alcorn's father was the church's pastor from 1972 to 1987. It was the first time he had ever led a congregation.

"Man, I've had some great memories of it. It's sad that it had to come down," Charles Little said.

Alcorn said she spent almost every day of her youth at the church. Though she is devastated by the loss of the building, she said its memory will live on.

"Several people said if I can to get them a piece of rock as just a memory, just to keep as a memory," she said.

"A lot of sentimental thoughts, and it had a lot of value in it," Little said.

Saturday, Alcorn came back to get several pieces of the building before they were taken away.

"Just to say that this was our church. This is where a lot of us started our life as young children," Alcorn said.

Little said the building and the church it held made a difference in a lot of people's lives.

"It was here for a purpose - reaching out to those that were hard-pressed, those that were really going through trying times," he said. "We had 15 beautiful years there."

Alcorn hopes someone will build a new church at the same location of Independence Avenue and Benton Boulevard so others can experience what she did.

"Just a lot of good memories, and it's sad to see it go. A lot of good memories and people came out of this church," she said.

There's no word on exactly what will take the church's place at the location.

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