Ohio Pastor Says Close-Knit Community of Hillsboro is ‘Shaken’ After Family Murder-Suicide Ends Inside His Church

Hillsboro Nazarene Church, where authorities say a gunman killed himself after killing a woman in a nearby home.
Photo by: Jasmine Minor

The pastor of a church where a man took his own life after killing a woman and taking a child said the close-knit community of Hillsboro is shaken.

“It rocks a community,” said Hillsboro Church of the Nazarene pastor Tom Zile. “It really does. It just shakes the foundation of who we are and what we claim to be.”

The Highland County Sheriff said 37-year-old Josh McLaughlin of Hillsboro shot and killed 33-year-old Sherry Wall in her home Friday evening.

Deputies said McLaughlin also took a child from Wall’s home before fleeing and barricading himself into Hillsboro Church of the Nazarene at 8230 U.S. 50.

Officers found the child outside, and deputies were able to grab the child out of harm’s way.

After an hours-long standoff, authorities confirmed the suspect had killed himself early Saturday morning.

Zile said it’s hard to believe what happened inside his church and just a few feet down the road.

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SOURCE: WCPO Cincinnati, Jasmine Minor, Josh Bazan, and Anna Becker