The wife of an Alabama pastor died last week after a stray bullet struck and killed her during a church Bible study, but her family is already offering grace and forgiveness to the person responsible.
Grace Carter, 65, was killed Tuesday while inside Everlasting Life Holiness Church in Prichard, Alabama, after a stray bullet entered through a door and struck her in the chest, WKRG-TV reported.
A 26-year-old woman named Kaillyn Christine Howard Harris has been arrested and charged over the fatal incident. Harris, who surrendered, expressed remorse after her arrest and asked for forgiveness.
“I’m sorry and I didn’t mean to do that. Everyone who knows me knows I have a good heart,” she reportedly said. “And I don’t intend to do that. Can you all forgive me? »
Carter is the wife of Cecil Carter, Sr., an elected pastor at a separate church called Sunlight Missionary Baptist Church. The preacher, who said his wife sometimes attends Everlasting Life Holiness Church, expressed shock and pain at the tragic loss.
But he said he remained strong for his family.
“Honey, I love you as always…right now my heart is empty because she’s not by my side but I know she’s there spiritually,” Carter told WALA-TV. “Right now I get strength knowing that God is able and knowing that my wife is in a better place with the lord, and there is no doubt that she loved the lord.”
Dee Carter, the victim’s daughter, also expressed deep grief over the death. But she offered her forgiveness before police arrested a suspect in the murder. Carter said her mother would have asked God to forgive the abuser.
“We wish you no harm or ill will. I just ask that if you have a heart, a soul, please surrender,” she told WKRG-TV in a statement. “My mother’s name was Grace and she would like Grace to be given to you.”
Dee Carter described her late mother as a “brilliant and phenomenal woman” and said she was “God fearing”. She also said she was comforted knowing her mother was at church with “people she loved” when she died.
Pray for the Carter family as they deal with this senseless loss.
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