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BUCKEYE, POCAHONTAS CO (WVVA)- A pastor is attacked early Tuesday morning while praying inside Trinity Baptist Church in Buckeye, West Virginia.

29-year-old Aaron Craig Trigg who is the pastor of 4-years at the Trinity Baptist Church was inside the chapel when two masked men, dressed in all camouflage entered the building.

According to reports, when exiting a room inside, Trigg was approached by one man, while the second was waiting in the chapel area.

Allegedly the men ambushed Trigg, throwing him into a mirror, knocked him to the ground and repeatedly kicked him while lying on the church floor.

Trigg told family that while lying on the floor the men said, " We don't need your kind messing with our county."

After the brutal attack, Trigg called to his wife from Trinity Baptist Church. She called 9-1-1 who transported Trigg to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital in Marlinton.

Family members say that Trigg remains stable. "He is really sore, his back is hurt. I don't know the extent of the injuries but he is going to be okay. I trust that they are taking good care of him," Aunt Agnus Allen of Marlinton said.

The West Virginia State Police and the Pocahontas Sheriff's department swept the church for fingerprints of the two masked assailants. Surrounding residents were questioned on the occurrence.

According to community member reports, the pastor and other members of the congregation have received threatening notes and witnessed what appears to be racial threats made towards the African-American community in Pocahontas County.

"Evil. Spiritual Warfare in this day and time, and Aaron just happened to be the one because I think God knew how strong he was and that he would overcome it because nobody else could," Allen said.

Trigg is considered by most to be a positive influence on the community. In the past four years the congregation at Trinity Baptist has tripled. Trigg is an advocate of ending drug abuse in the area and is very involved with children ministry.

The beating has not yet been declared a hate-crime, but officials from the FBI have been notified.

The Sheriffs department could not comment on details of the crime but hopes further investigation will reveal a clear motive.

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