Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Another Woman Shot and Killed in the Church Parking Lot

Posted by Hannah at 9:14 AM

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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Barbara on 7:33 PM said...

And yet pastors continue to tell women to "put up with it" and make them leave the church when they have to flee abuse.

It usually is verbal & emotional for a LONG time before that ONE BULLET ends it all.

How long before the clergy answers the clue phone?

Anonymous said...

Women are often sent conflicting messages from their places of worship when it relates to domestic abuse. On one hand they are told to leave and the church will support this decision and in many cases they are told that marriage is sacred and they (the woman) should do what is required. She should do what she can do to stay and stop the abuse. Unfortunately this is many times not possible.

Hannah on 3:31 PM said...

You kind of wonder don't you Barbara! I agree.

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