Associate Pastor of Trinity AME Church in Utah Describes Moment Killer Was Found Dead Inside

Melvin Rowland and 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey

The associate pastor of Utah’s historic Trinity AME Church, found himself in the middle of a crime scene Tuesday morning.

When Daniel Stalling and another church member were working on a project in the back of the church in the overnight hours, their work was stopped abruptly.

“I was baffled,” said Stalling, Associate Pastor of Trinity AME Church. “I was like, OK, what’s going on?”

Stalling and the other gentleman found themselves surrounded by multiple police officers with their guns drawn.

“They asked me to lift my hands up and walk towards them or whatever,” said Stalling.

All of this went on while Stalling’s 4-year-old son watched. All he could do is scream.

“When the police started screaming, my son started hollering out, it was kind of scary for him,” Stalling explained.

Salt Lake City police thought Stalling was 37-year-old Melvin Rowland. Police say the spotted Rowland on the church property.

Rowland is accused of shooting and killing 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey, a track-and-field athlete at the University of Utah, just hours before he showed up at Trinity AME.

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SOURCE:, Brittany Johnson