Police: Pastor's Son Killed His Mom, Shot His Dad

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BRIGHTON TWP. -- Police say 16-year-old boy has admitted to killing his mother. He also admitted to shooting his father, a pastor, in the face. Full Story
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Esme

Elizabeth, NJ

#1 Oct 21, 2007
May God be with the whole family in this difficult time.
Caring Citizen

Columbia, SC

#2 Oct 22, 2007
What a tragedy! Teenagers out of control, and not only killing each other, killing their parents. Just so very sad. God bless this family!
Boo

Columbia, SC

#3 Oct 22, 2007
How completely pathetic for everyone. How on earth does a pastor's son grow into a homicidal maniac? Did he learn nothing from listening to his father? Or perhaps he was one of those PKs who felt sorry for himself. Regardless, it is a pity beyond words to commit such a crime.
penny

West Columbia, SC

#4 Oct 22, 2007
THIS IS VERY SAD MAY THE LORD BE WITH FAMILY.
nunya

Columbia, SC

#5 Oct 22, 2007
Why did he do something like this? He is a sick child. My prayers go out to the father. Something like that to happen to him and his wife is horrible and traumatizing especially done by your own son.
elgin queen

Lexington, SC

#6 Oct 22, 2007
Why did a pastor have a gun like that?
elgin queen

Lexington, SC

#7 Oct 22, 2007
I do feel so sorry for them.

BWG

“Cogito ergo sum”

Since: May 07

Irmo

#8 Oct 22, 2007
Parents with guns and kids have got to keep them locked up. The days when they could be left just laying around loose are long gone. Some of these kids today are just plumb crazy. I was raised in a family where they were unlocked and we were taught to leave them alone. Things are just too different with kids today. Blame it on the schools, television, video games, mental illiness, or whatever things have changed.
Chees

West Columbia, SC

#9 Oct 22, 2007
Preacher's children are always the worst...they have so much pressure on them.
Puzzled

West Columbia, SC

#10 Oct 22, 2007
BWG wrote:
Parents with guns and kids have got to keep them locked up. The days when they could be left just laying around loose are long gone. Some of these kids today are just plumb crazy. I was raised in a family where they were unlocked and we were taught to leave them alone. Things are just too different with kids today. Blame it on the schools, television, video games, mental illiness, or whatever things have changed.
Why would you blame something like this on "schools"? Television, video games, mental illness, friends, acquaintences, fit of rage or passion, OK, but schools. I don't follow that logic.

Let's not leave out the home environment. This 16-year-old killed his mother and tried to kill his father. Who knows WHAT goes on in a person's brain. He may have had "good" parents who were involved in his life, maybe not. Nonetheless, something snapped in this young man.
Puzzled

West Columbia, SC

#11 Oct 22, 2007
Chees wrote:
Preacher's children are always the worst...they have so much pressure on them.
While this may be true in lots of cases, to say make the very broad statement that "Preacher's children are always the worst...." is inaccurate and unfair. While my experience over the years may lead some credence to the "bad boy" or "bad girl" image, I know a number of wonderful, loving, kind, well-rounded, even-tempered, sweet, good "preacher's children." Think about what you are saying when you use the words "always" and "never"... Too, too broad.

“I hate Fish...”

Since: Aug 07

Columbia, SC

#12 Oct 22, 2007
I certainly hope they try him as an adult. You can't tell me a 16 year old (unless he is mentally handicapped) doesn't know what happens when you point a gun at someone and pull the trigger.

“Prayer Is Power”

Since: Dec 06

Faith-Not-Religion

#13 Oct 22, 2007
Heartbreakingly sad tragedy! Prayers for the family and friends. God help the son.
Boococks

Cayce, SC

#14 Oct 22, 2007
Puzzled wrote:
<quoted text>Why would you blame something like this on "schools"? Television, video games, mental illness, friends, acquaintences, fit of rage or passion, OK, but schools. I don't follow that logic.
Let's not leave out the home environment. This 16-year-old killed his mother and tried to kill his father. Who knows WHAT goes on in a person's brain. He may have had "good" parents who were involved in his life, maybe not. Nonetheless, something snapped in this young man.
Are you kidding? Outside of the home the public schools are a breeding ground for whiny little liberal brats. Welcome to a new faultless society were everyone is entitled to everything without having to work for it. If they don't get it, Bang!
Boococks

Cayce, SC

#15 Oct 22, 2007
elgin queen wrote:
Why did a pastor have a gun like that?
Because God can't be everywhere.
60 year old Daddy

Myrtle Beach, SC

#16 Oct 22, 2007
I am an Evangelical Christian who has a special needs child who almost resulted in my leaving my wife.

I also have a 20 year old girl who has blossomed into an ideal Christian young women.

My third child, a 14 year old, became the terror from Hell. She would argue, scream at us if she couldn't get her way, She manipulated my wife.

Department of Social Services in South Carolina got called in.

We have been counseled by Christian counselors, and now by a Ph'd psycologist, possibly Christian, to be extremely firm with her, including chores for every incidence of disrespect, and we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

I know I am not perfect, but after my experience, I am slow to judge others.
60 year old Daddy

Myrtle Beach, SC

#17 Oct 22, 2007
I am an Evangelical Christian who has a special needs child who almost resulted in my leaving my wife.

I also have a 20 year old girl who has blossomed into an ideal Christian young women.

My third child, a 14 year old, became the terror from Hell. She would argue, scream at us if she couldn't get her way, She manipulated my wife.

Department of Social Services in South Carolina got called in.

We have been counseled by Christian counselors, and now by a Ph'd psycologist, possibly Christian, to be extremely firm with her, including chores for every incidence of disrespect, and we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

I know I am not perfect, but after my experience, I am slow to judge others.
eddie in lexington

AOL

#18 Oct 22, 2007
This child has done a horrible thing, but we all must pray for the soul of this child.Also Pray for the father,and for the siblings.This is Not to big for my God!!!
60 year old Daddy

Myrtle Beach, SC

#19 Oct 22, 2007
I have a special needs child who almost triggered my leaving my wife.

I have a wonderful 20 year old daughter who is developing into a wonderful young Christian lady.

And I have a 14 year old middle child who has almost driven me up the wall.

She has been disrespectful. She would scream at me on a Saturday morning when I had not done anything to her.

She would scream if she couldn't get "her own way."

Finally South Carolina Department of Social Services got involved with us.

After some sessions with Christian counselors, we were assigned to a no nonsense psychologist who said to us: "This is what you are going to do!!!

We began assigning chores each time she displayed anger or disrespect to us; in some cases 4 chores within 60 seconds,(each chore could be from 5 - 15 minutes.)

We are finally getting a change in behavior.

Our distress began over 5 years ago, at 9 years of age.

This has required major rethinking for mother, who is nurturing and who has always said to me: "They are just children;" and would never deal with anything firmly.

After our experience, I am not quick to judge this situation.

Raising kids in this non Christian culture is NOT easy.
George

Florence, SC

#20 Oct 22, 2007
You poor pathetic fools who lay everything at God's feet. That pray for the family. That think your God has a plan for everyone & everything.

God is just another excuse for a blameless society.

Wake up you idiots and take control of your lives. Your invisible man isn't capable of caring for you. Heck, he can't even make a decent world for us to live in.

If this world is an example of some of his best work then he has failed miserably.

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