Family and friends mourned privately at a memorial service for Pastor Glenn Allen Barber Jr. on Friday, just days after police say he was brutally stabbed to death by his son, who is battling mental illness.
Congregants at First Moore Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma, where Barber was a children’s pastor, grew worried on Sunday after the 48-year-old preacher failed to show up as planned, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His body was found after a friend went to his family’s home. His white 2007 Nissan Pathfinder was also missing.
Jacob Barber, 21, was arrested Wednesday for his father’s murder near a PetSmart in Denton County, Texas, just three days after he went on the run.
“Officers arrived and found him sleeping near the building,” Roanoke Officer Ryan Otero told the Star-Telegram. “Once the officers ran his name, there was a murder warrant for him and he was arrested.”
Moore police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told the publication that Barber died of multiple stab wounds.
Carlos Robinson, detective with the Moore Police Department, wrote in a probable cause affidavit cited by The Norman Transcript that Jacob Barber had struggled with mental illness and refused to take his medication.
“The suspect and defendant argued daily and had a volatile relationship,” Robinson wrote. “The suspect has been to several mental institutions but refuses to take his prescribed medication.”
The late pastor’s neighbors said he and his son only recently moved to the area.
“Seen them in and out a little bit but never got acquainted,” a neighbor told Oklahoma’s News 4.
Prior to his work at First Moore Baptist Church, friends say he worked for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which released a statement on his death.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair