Ex-Boyfriend Charged with Killing Mt. Gilead Baptist Church’s Director of Church Youth Ministry

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church

Two weeks before the director of a church youth ministry was killed in her home near Capitol Hill Saturday, she was granted a temporary restraining order against her ex-boyfriend after she alleged he banged on her door and slashed her tires.

On Sunday, D.C. police arrested the former boyfriend, Donald Hairston, 49, of District Heights in the shooting death of Stephanie Goodloe, 40, who lived in the 700 block of Kentucky Avenue SE, two blocks from the Potomac Avenue Metro Station.

A court hearing had been scheduled for Monday to determine whether the restraining order should be made permanent. By then, Goodloe was dead and Hairston was being held on a charge of first-degree murder while armed. Hairston was expected to make his initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Monday afternoon.

Court records do not detail prior problems in the relationship between Hairston and Goodloe, who wrote in her application for a restraining order that on June 4 he came to her house, banged on the door and shouted for her to come outside. She said he returned three times and when she finally left her house found the tires slashed on her vehicle.

In the court document, Goodloe said the two had previously lived together and had a relationship. D.C. police said Goodloe was found shot to death inside her home at about 1:25 a.m. on Saturday.

Goodloe’s relatives could not immediately be reached Monday. Her pastor, the Rev. Leroy Gilbert of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Northwest, said Goodloe grew up in the church and was baptized there. Most recently, she had worked as the coordinator of the youth ministry.

Gilbert, who has been pastor for the past 12 years, said Goodloe led youth discussion groups and other activities aimed at getting children “to exercise their faith in very creative ways and to deal with the problems they were facing. She was very effective.”

Gilbert described Goodloe as a “very quiet and private person” and also “extremely articulate and very smart.” He said he put her creative ideas to use in talking with children and teens, and they often told her secrets they wouldn’t tell their parents or their pastor.

“She served them by listening,” Gilbert said. “She didn’t tell them what to do, but gave them an opportunity to express themselves, to be open and honest and candid. She didn’t ram the Bible down their throats, but tried to talk about principles they could use in real life. She took the Bible principles and made them real.”

Gilbert added: “She was more than a wonderful person. She was one of those miracles of God.”

SOURCE: The Washington Post – Peter Hermann