Family of Murdered Memphis Pastor Forgives Unknown Killer

Don Smith
Don Smith

No suspects and no possible motives have been offered in the wake of Saturday’s shooting. His family already has forgiven the killer.

A Tennessee family and the Memphis-area’s pastor’s flock are in mourning after Don Smith was shot and killed Saturday in unexplained circumstances.

Smith was the pastor at Prospect Park Missionary Baptist Church in Whitehaven.

“All we know is right now he was murdered, and we can’t find the person who did it,” said Raymond Jones, identified by WREG television, with whom he spoke, as a relative. “We’re still trying to put pieces together of what actually happened that caused his death.”

His body was found by two men walking their dogs near a pond in the Hickory Hill area, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities. The Shelby County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that Smith was killed from a gunshot wound.

“We were just in disbelief,” Alandria Williams-Ware said. “We couldn’t understand why somebody would want to do something, or something this tragic would happen to us. We just had no clue.”

Smith’s wife and daughters shared some of the same memories as other family members.

“He was the type of person who would give you anything you asked for, give him your last,” Williams-Ware said in a report on the Christian Post.

“The shirt off his back. Anything,” Alice Howard added.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
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