A former pastor fatally shot his 27-yearl-old daughter with a shotgun and then killed himself. Maine police officials say that the man broke into his ex-wife’s house on December 8th, and shot the first person to cross his path. That happened to be his adult daughter, the only one home at the time. After committing the horrific crime, the man put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger.
Official police reports say that Daniel Randall, 56 years of age, spray-painted hateful messages on five walls inside the house addressed to his wife before taking his daughter’s life and ultimately his own. The law enforcement officers working the case say that the man broke down after his wife served him with divorce papers.
Between 1996 to 2002, Mr. Randall has been spreading the divine message at Lee Church Congregational. He then moved to Bristol in 2002, the same year he left the New Hampshire church together with his three children and wife. After serving as a pastor for approximately 12 years, he left the First Congregational Church in Bristol in order to pursue a new call and “a new direction”. The letter announcing his leave was written on December 17th, 2014.
According to the medical examiner, Claire Randall, the preacher’s daughter died from multiple gunshot wounds. Police discovered her lifeless body in the family’s home bathroom. Also, Daniel Randall was killed instantly by a single gunshot wound to the head.
As the state police officials say, the pastor was fresh out of a three-month long rehab program he subjected himself to in Portland. On Thursday morning, December 8th, he left the rehab center around 10 a.m. and headed for the family home. On the way, he purchased a shotgun. Once he arrived at the scene, he broke into the house and murdered his adult daughter around 2 p.m.
The Maine police officials say that Mr. Randall’s daughter had moved from Rhode Island only recently to live with her teenage brother and her mother. However, at the time of the shooting, Claire was the only one in the house.
Anita, the pastor’s ex-wife, and Claire’s mother says that she grew worried as her daughter was not answering her phone. A neighbor went to investigate and discovered both the pastor and his daughter dead in the family’s home. First Congregational Church is holding a remembrance service for Claire and Daniel Randall on Sunday afternoon, December 11th.
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