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.
September 7, 2012 – Louisville – Two people have died from a shooting which took place on September 7, 2012 at the Springdale Community Church in Louisville. Mahmoud Yousef Hindi, 55, was arrested and charged with killing David Merritt, 73, and 69-year-old Marvin Fisher. Man has confessed to the shootings and is being held on 1 million dollar bond.
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
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.