LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) — Days after four people were found dead in a home on SR 93 in Lawrence County, Ohio in Decatur Township, the pastor of a nearby church is offering help to the family of the victims, and anyone else who is shaken up by the sudden tragedy.
“We were just in shock,” said Pastor Brian Phillips. “I couldn’t believe it.” Phillips is the pastor at Decatur Missionary Baptist Church. The church is just across the street from relatives of the victims. Phillips says a relative actually came running into the church during Wednesday evening’s service looking for help after Todd Holston showed up with stab wounds.
The Sunday after the killings, the murders were still on everyone’s mind.
“It was obvious that it was on everyone’s mind and something we’ve been thinking about ever since it happened Wednesday night,” said Phillips. “It’ll be on our minds for a while. I would just say again turn to the Lord and call upon him.”
In the initial days after the murders, the suspect, Arron Lawson was n the run, and surrounding communities were on edge. Now that Lawson has been captured, Phillips says he hopes the community is able to start to heal, and assures that his church’s doors are open for anyone who needs to talk.
Our doors are open for them if they have any need at all. They’re welcome here at Decatur Missionary Baptist Church. We’ll pray with them, we’ll help them in any way we can. All they have to do is ask.”
Phillips adds that he understands people are asking why this happened and says he realizes it can be hard for people to come to terms.
“In times like these, we can’t understand these things. “We have to rely on God. We have to.”
Phillips says he hopes to meet with pastors from other area churches on how they can all best help the family.
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