Pastor Murder in Church on New Year’s Day…

January 2, 2014 – Eureka Police Department reported that Rev. Eric Freed a  Catholic priest who was found dead in a church rectory on New Year’s Day.  Gary Lee Bullock of Redway was taken into custody on Thursday by Humboldt County deputies in the killing of the Rev. Eric Freed.  Freed’s body was discovered Wednesday morning after he failed to show up for the 9 a.m. Mass.  The Eureka Police Department revealed there was forced entry at the rectory and that a violent struggle ensued. While a cause of death has yet to be determined, police said it appears Freed was the victim of blunt force trauma.  Please join us is praying for the family of Rev. Eric Freed.

Son Kills Father in Church on Easter Sunday….

March 31, 2013 –  Ashtabula, Ohio: On Easter Sunday during mass, Reshad Riddle entered Hiawatha Church of God in Christ screaming about God and Allah, with a gun in his hand according to witnesses. While parishioners were leaving the church, Reshad then shot his 52-year old father, Richard Riddle. According to authorities, Riddle had an extensive criminal record. Riddle was immediately arrested and taken into custody by police. Please join the staff of Church Security 360 Degrees, LLC in praying for the family of Richard Riidle, and the parishioners of Hiawatha Church of God in Christ.

Churchgoer killed in protecting church…

November 5, 2012 – One churchgoer was killed and another wounded according to police officials while trying to stop a teenage girl from spray-painting graffiti on the side of the Principe de Paz church located on the Beverly Boulevard in the Westlake district. LAPD detectives are searching for the gunman and teenage girl responsible.

Fort Worth Pastor killed by attacker….

Oct 30, 2012 – Fort Worth was killed Monday by an attacker who rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor and beat him with an electric guitar, according to police officials.  Pastor Danny Kirk Sr., was the  founding pastor of Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church.  Please pray for the family of Pastor Danny Kirk and the members of Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church during their time of grief.

World Changers Church International member killed inside chapel during prayer service….

Oct 2012 – According to police officials Mr. Floyd Palmer walked into the chapel of World Changers Church International located in Atlanta, Georgia, during prayer services on Wednesday evening and shot Gregory McDowell  as he led a prayer service. Floyd Palmer has been charged with murder in Gregory McDowell’s shooting death.  Our prayers go out to the family members of Gregory McDowell and the members and leadership of World Changers Church International during this time of loss.

Priest and Administrative Assistant killed by Homeless Man…

May 3, 2012 – ELLICOTT CITY, Md.  - Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn, co-rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and Brenda Brewington, were killed on May 3, 2012 by a homeless man, after he was apparently turned away from the church’s food bank.  The homeless man identified by authorities as Douglas Jones, was found dead in the woods nearby the church by self inflected gun shot wounds.

Memorial donations may be sent to the following address:

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
3695 Rogers Ave.
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Please join us in praying for the families of both Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn and Brenda Brewington.

 

Ex-con gets life for LA church carnival shootings

May 17, 2011 – SAN FERNANDO, Calif.—A Los Angeles parolee has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting his son’s mother and two men at a church carnival in 2008.

Prosecutor Ruby Arias says 36-year-old Fernando Diaz won’t be eligible for a parole hearing until he’s 98 years old.

Diaz was in a bitter custody battle with his ex-girlfriend when he showed up at the St. John Baptist de la Salle Church fundraiser in suburban Granada Hills and shot her as she was setting up a carnival booth.

The woman and two men who were also wounded recovered.

Diaz was convicted on two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a firearm and one count of being a felon with a firearm. He was acquitted of a third attempted murder count.

Ex-con convicted for church carnival shootings…

March 25, 2011 – SAN FERNANDO, Calif.—A jury has convicted a Los Angeles parolee of attempted murder for the 2008 church carnival shootings of his son’s mother and a festival volunteer.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Fernando Diaz, who was in a bitter custody battle with his ex-girlfriend, showed up at the St. John Baptist de la Salle Church fundraiser in suburban Granada Hills and shot his ex-girlfriend as she was setting up a carnival booth.

She was wounded in the elbow and two volunteers had bullet wounds.

Five parents, including off-duty police officers, tackled and disarmed Diaz.

A jury on Thursday convicted Diaz on two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a firearm and one count of being a felon with a firearm. He was acquitted of a third attempted murder count.

Pastor found dead inside his church….

March 4, 2010 -

A ‘gentle’ minister was discovered dead inside his own Texas church after a passer-by looked through a window and spotted a body on the floor.

Pastor Clint Dobson, 29, was found inside NorthPointe Baptist Church in Arlington on Thursday afternoon, alongside his critically-injured ministry assistant Judy Elliott, 67.

Police believe a motive of robbery may have been behind the physical assaults, as some items were missing from the church. But there was no sign of forced entry.

The alarm was raised after a church employee’s family member became worried when they could not contact them and asked a friend to go and check on the building.

Their friend passed by, finding the church locked, and peered through different windows before seeing a motionless body and phoning police, who arrived soon after.

Another church employee gave emergency services a key to get inside. Ms Elliott was found severely beaten but is now in a stable condition in a Fort Worth hospital.

Pastor Dobson 29 years-of-age

Judy Elliot 67-years-of-age

Florida man sentenced to life in prison for killing women in church….

February 3, 2011 – A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison for killing Margarita Hidalgo, 51-years-of-age, while cleaning the  Iglesia Adventista del Septimo Diachurch.  Rafael Florian killed Margarita Hidalgo while burglarizing the church back in 2004.   According to authorities, Florian stabbed Margarita Hidalgo in the stomach, hit her on the head and then suffocated her with a plastic bag.  The body was discovered hid in a closet.