A day that began with a longtime Christian couple worshiping in church ended tragically Sunday night in an apparent murder-suicide that their pastor has called “demonic.”
According to the police this is what happened:
A Virginia man shot his wife before killing himself Sunday, according to police.
Deputies were called to a Townhome community on Winmeade Drive in the Lansdowne area of Leesburg for a report of a suicide. When they went inside the home, they found 40-year-old Andre T. Howell and 39-year-old Naomi H. Howell dead inside.
Michelle Thomas, pastor of Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries International where the couple worshipped, said the couple was having marital problems, but stated there were no signs of any immediate trouble when she saw them on Sunday.
The God-fearing husband, she explained, was looking forward to his week when she spoke with him and appeared “excited.”
“He was very excited. He told me he was just preparing for the week. … He watched the game with some of our other friends,” Thomas told NBC. “This is absolutely shocking and devastating.”
“If we’re looking for rational explanation we will never find one here because these were God lovers. This should not have happened. It’s demonic,” added Thomas.
The couple had two children, one was away at College a the time of the incident, and the other small child was at home, but unharmed.