The Washington Post reports today that a 52-year-old Montgomery County woman was shot to death outside her church. It seems they had police there directly traffic at the church when they heard gunshots. The Police arrested the husband, and he is being held with no bond.
People's Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring I'm sure is reeling after this murder within their walls. If you look at the comments (from the newspaper links) you do get some crazy ones as you would expect, but one was from a person that knew the victim.
This poster knew Patricia Ann Simmons Kelly of Rockville, and I think she said it well!
I knew Pat. She was a lovely woman and a beautiful spirit. What happened to Pat had nothing to do with church, but rather a personal, marital situation that had apparently gone very wrong. Please keep Pat and her family in your prayers, and in particular, her daughter -- a young girl who has lost her mother far too soon.
Police said the husband had recently been asked to leave the family home and went to the church to meet with her. They said the shooting occurred in the lot near the front entrance. Church officials could not be reached immediately to comment.
The friend is correct when saying this has nothing to do with the church, but it should show people about the irrational mindset people deal with when they 'just leave' as they are told to. It doesn't end there, and it isn't that simple. It wouldn't surprise me if we learn later that they had no idea he was capable of this.
We now have another case of uxoricide that tends to not be dealt with very well either. Uxorcide is when one parent kills the other, and you deal with what happens to the children afterwards. I think this is another issue that the church tends NOT to think about when they decide they aren't going to deal with domestic violence!
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