Man Shoots, Kills Wife While She Played the Organ During Church

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A man entered a worship service in Pennsylvania and shot his ex-wife, then returned to shoot her again a few minutes later.

The New York Daily News reported that a man entered a worship service at First United Presbyterian Church in Coudersport, Pennsylvania and shot his ex-wife while she played the organ, then returned a second time to shoot her again. Witnesses said the man, Gregory Eldred, a 52-year-old elementary school teacher, entered the church wearing a hooded beige jacket and aimed his gun carefully at the choir director, his ex-wife Darlene Sitler, 53, seated at the organ about 20 minutes after the service began. Eldred quickly left the building after the shooting, but then returned minutes later “to see if she was dead,” he said, firing two more shots at her.  

Police said no one else was hurt in the shooting and were able to subdue Eldred quickly outside the church. The handgun was recovered inside the church as well as four spent shells.

Sitler was the music teacher at the Northern Pottter Children’s School for 30 years in the same local district where her ex-husband taught. The county coroner called the event a “terrible, unprecedented tragedy” and had “never encountered anything quite like it.”

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  • PastorCarla

    People are just ‘snapping’ these days. Can we do more ‘practical’ preaching on communicating better with one another, conflict resolution, money management, guarding marriages, etc??? Just some ideas to keep us all balanced.

    • http://twitter.com/Slimdels Slimdels Samuel

      very true Pastor Carla

  • Matt Simpson

    What this man needed was not more practical preaching on communication or conflict resolution. This man needed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the solution to sin in all its forms.

    • Winnie Banks

      I agree, we have lost the true Gospel and forget we are called to heal the sick and cast out devils……so demons don’t use human vessels for their glory. They hide behind sickness and behaviors. What is wrong with the leaders of our churches. Have they forgotten the word of God. They do not know how to equip the saints and there is no teaching on the five-fold or the gifts….. Wake up people, end times… this is a prophetic picture for whats coming ahead. We must get back to the cross and Jesus. Stop waffling fleshly man pleasing and tithe licking words and preach the truth ! and lets shut down the lukewarm christian worldview doctrine OR GET OFF the holy platform ! people are dying and going to hell and the church is asleep. Remember satan slipped into Judas at the SAME table that Christ ate from !! and some you live like he did not rise again !

      • Julian

        People shoot people because they want to. The devil doesn’t have to slip in ( born and shape in). “The church “is the problem, people run in hide thinking God will save them from this world never hearing how to deal with it. Teaching people is the way of Christ, “preaching” is what got us in trouble, so busy preaching at but not ministering to. We Christian are all that left to show Christ, and we are responsible.

  • ESTHER

    TOO BAD.HE MUST HAVE BEEN SICK MENTALL.WE NEED TO BE DEALING WITH OUR CHURCH MEMBERS AND ENCOURANGING THEM WHEN THEY GO THROUGH CRISIS IN LIFE.AGAIN THAT BITTERNESS WAS TOO MUCH.GOD HAVE MERCY IT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.sorry…..

  • ogaga

    This is unimaginable.