Reporting Derek Valcourt
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ)– A double murder leaves Ellicott City stunned. A gunman kills two members of an Episcopal church.
Derek Valcourt has more on how the church is moving forward, and the latest death.
That victim was taken off life support and pronounced dead Saturday night, but not before helping several people through organ donation.
A packed house emerged from Sunday morning services at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City.
Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton was personally on hand to offer special condolences and messages of support to the devastated congregation.
“It was clearly very hard for all of us but I think it began the process of healing,” Craig Stuart-Paul, the warden at St. Peter’s, said.
Police say Thursday a homeless man named Douglas Franklin Jones living in the woods near the church entered the church office, shot Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn and church secretary Brenda Brewington and then took his own life.
“We’re all dealing with this in our various ways, as any of us would,” Scott Slater of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland said.
Life support kept Kohn, 62, alive long enough to donate her organs.
“Mary-Marguerite was really one of the most amazing person I’ve met, one of the most kindest, gentlest people,” Stuart-Paul said. “She never turned a person away. And even through her death, she’s bringing life through the donation of her organs. It just speaks something about the kind of woman she was.”
The church had been feeding Jones regularly but reports he had recently become belligerent. Thursday, he was turned away from the church’s food bank just before the shooting.
Church members vow this tragedy won’t affect their generosity.
“The church has ministered to the poor and the needy for thousands of years. And we will continue to minister to the poor and the needy, and we won’t do it from behind bullet-proof glass,” Stuart-Paul said.
Kohn’s funeral will be held at 3 p.m. on May 8 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore. Services for Brewington will be held at 1:30 p.m. on May 10 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City.