Longtime member shot and killed outside Texas church
More than 20 church members were nearby and rushed to Edwards’ aid after the shots were fired, he said. Forensic experts and homicide detectives questioned witnesses, while others who had arrived for the early service were inside singing and praising God, unaware of what had happened, Worthey said.
“We’re counseling lots of people now, especially those who saw the shooting, of course, and will continue to work with them to make sure they can cope,” Worthey said.
The 10:45 a.m. worship took on a much more somber tone as elders asked God to let Edwards live. After news of her death, Sunday evening services were devoted to prayer for Alveda Edwards, who had worshipped at Greenville Avenue for more than 20 years.
Now those prayers are for her family, Worthey said, including Tommy Edwards Jr.
“He still has a soul to save,” Worthey said, adding that he had never seen him at the church.
Alveda Edwards was a faithful member and active Bible class participant who loved to sing and was an alto in Greenville Avenue’s adult chorus, “One Accord,” the minister said. The Edwards’ two grown children – a son and a daughter – also were members before leaving for college, he said.
Worthey said some at the congregation knew Alveda Edwards had moved out of the couple’s home and wanted to file for a divorce, but not that she had been threatened, as police said Sunday.
Worthey said he and other church leaders want members to come to them if they’re afraid of being hurt by a spouse or another individual.
“This sends out a warning sign to our members and frankly everyone else,” he said. “If there are possible questions or concerns about individuals in their lives, we want to try and protect them, maybe keep something like this from happening again.”
Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Greenville Avenue church. Condolences may be sent to the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ, 1013 S Greenville Ave., Richardson, TX 75081.
Sept. 11, 2006