Mon, 10 December 2007
This is not exactly "breaking news" at this point, but it is still a horrible tragedy that has befallen several innocent people.
The details are still unfolding at this time, but it is believed that 24-year-old Matthew Murray is responsible for the deaths of four people at a missionary training center in Arvada, Colorado, and at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Tiffany Johnson, 26, and Philip Crouse, 24, both staff members at the Youth With a Mission missionary center in Arvada were shot dead by a gunman who fled the scene and had not been positively identified at the time of the shooting. Twelve hours later, Murray opened fire at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, killing sisters Stephanie (18) and Rachel (16) Works and wounding as many as five others. A New Life parishioner serving as an armed security guard shot and killed Murray.
Almost as soon as the authorities knew of the second shooting at New Life Church they suspected Murray was the killer. Apparently, Murray had been thrown out of the Youth With a Mission program three years ago. Youth With a Mission has operated an office in the New Life facility for many years, which authorities feel explains the reason that the two facilities separated by 65 miles were the target of this gunman.
This tragedy comes practically on the heels of a scandal which rocked the New Life Church earlier this year. Senior pastor and founder Ted Haggard was forced to resign after confessing to receiving massages and crystal meth from a male prostitute. Haggard had also been president of the National Association of Evangelicals and an outspoken supporter of an attempt to amend the Colorado state constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. All of this was taken away in light of this revelation.
My heart goes out not only to the people of Arvada and Colorado Springs, but to all of us out there. We are all affected when something like this happens.
Be safe and blessings always,
Category:Extras -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT
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