March 4th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Texas pastor found dead, ministry assistant injured, church members say

Read more about this story from CNN affiliate WFAA.

(CNN) - An employee was found dead and another seriously injured inside a church in north Arlington, Texas, police said early Friday.

Authorities have not officially identified the victims. The Arlington Police Department said it will need to consult with the medical examiner's office before doing so.

However, church members who gathered outside NorthPointe Baptist Church after the discovery Thursday afternoon said the 29-year-old pastor of the church had been killed and his 67-year-old ministry assistant wounded, CNN affiliate WFAA reported.

Read the full story here about the pastor found dead in Texas.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. T-party

    justina, then you must not agree with your religious book ....."most Christians" ????? why can you guys not read the book and come to the same conclusion. it is very confusing to understand a religion with millions of members with millions of interpretations and beliefs

    March 6, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • Ken

      Yes, you sound confused.

      March 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  2. T-party

    one less preacher to protest our brave soldiers @ their funerals!

    March 6, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  3. T-party

    one less religious person around to protest our brave soldiers

    March 6, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • Justina

      T-party, most Christians support American military.

      March 6, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  4. Mary

    Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    Actually, that is an argument for the idea that deep down, people fundamentally do not believe in god. If you truly believe in your religion, you could not possible grieve for them as they have gone on to a spectacularly better place. On some level, you would have to be happy that the went on to heaven.

    Similarly, people who truly believed in the existence of god would never think to constantly affirm that god is real, as religious people so often do. Again, that is a sign that deep down they have significant doubt as to whether god exists, and need to constantly convince themselves.

    If it seems asinine, then you too have doubts deep down inside you.

    Mary posts to Al:

    What is the matter with you? Where are your morals? Two people dead, and you use that as a focal point to start a religous debate? How very pathetic!

    Please keep in mind, these folks had family, and they are most likely grieving thier loss. What if that were your parent, Child,brother, etc? Would you still say such an awful thing?

    Cold. Very cold.

    March 5, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  5. oldzoom

    A very sad story, I saw this on the local news, so far they still haven't found the assistant's missing car or any suspects. My condolences to their families and friends.

    March 5, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  6. Robert (speedy) Gonzales

    To think God is ready to forgive all by a simple acceptance of his Son. Take a look up into the Heavens - God made it all and I hope the pastor that was slain had indeed accepted Jesus as his Savior. By this acceptance we are heir's to all that is. Forever is Forever!

    March 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • Justina

      Genuine faith in Jesus is manifested in a new, godly life.

      March 6, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  7. Ornott

    Maybe this was a pedo-priest and one of his victims decided to put an end to his shenanigans. Or not. Just because the pastor was killed does not automatically make him into a saint. He may have deserved what he got. Or not.

    March 4, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • jjs

      He was not. I knew him. I am not Christian but I always thought of him as the kind of man we all could only hope to be. If you have followed the story you should know that the suspect was a convicted felon. I understand where your idea came from. If it was a stranger it would've come to mind for me too. But you are wrong.

      March 6, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  8. JohnR

    Very sad.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  9. Frogist

    My condolences to the victims and their families. I'm sorry for your loss. And I hope they find whoever did this.

    March 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Justina


      March 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Justina what you amen at?? Christians always some one in their sights.... just kidding...

      March 6, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Justina

      EvolvedDNA, what is your name? Can't I call you with a more logical name?

      March 6, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  10. BapityBapBaptistFapFlap

    Why don't they attribute the murder to God's will? God must have wanted it this way. No crime here! Move along!

    March 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Justina

      God takes care of the victims forever, but the human criminals must be caught and punished according to the justice law.

      March 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  11. PofO

    That's Texass for you. Crazy Baptists and other so-called "bible-thumpers" in the bible-belt.
    But the "bible-belt" is also the "murder-belt".
    What is it about hot weather and murder? All the middle east is murderous. Is it the heat or the religion or both?

    March 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Justina

      People who reject greater light become worse everywhere. It's better than total darkness. Texas have many wonderful people. Don't single it out like that if you are American.

      March 6, 2011 at 6:23 am |
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