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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio pastor with deep roots in the Dayton community was shot and killed in his church office as service was winding down Sunday, and police say they plan to charge his brother.

The Rev. William B. Schooler, 70, was shot around 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church, Dayton police said.

His brother, Daniel Gregory Schooler, 68, was arrested at the church and taken to the Montgomery County jail. He faces a murder charge on Monday, said Sgt. Richard Blommel.

Police said they did not know Sunday what led to the shooting but said the pastor was the only intended victim.

Joyce Napier, the niece of the brothers, told the Dayton Daily News that Daniel Schooler had a history of mental illness, which she believes played a role in the shooting.

“I would think it has to be something’s going on in his head to do something like that, because we were raised to love,” she told the newspaper. “Family matters — that’s the way were raised.”

Besides being pastor at the church, William Schooler was a past interim president of the Dayton school board and current president of the local Baptist ministers union.

He was a teacher in the Dayton school district in the 1970s and served as a principal in the Jefferson Township district for nearly two decades, according to the Daily News. He also held other positons with community organizations and local governments, including serving as a certified city of Dayton mediator.

“He had deep roots in the community,” a friend, Ronnie Moreland, told the newspaper. “He was a beloved leader. It’s hard to put into words what has happened.”

Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams told the Daily News he had discussed with Schooler ways to reduce violence in the community.

“For him to be a victim of violence is just extremely saddening,” Williams said.


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10 thoughts on “Pastor Shot Dead By Brother In Dayton Church [VIDEO]

  1. Dare to speak the truth on said:

    Looks like a case of Cain and Abel …jealousy is one of the seven deadly sins and it’s extremely bad when it is blood relatives ….my condolences to the family

  2. October 1 on said:

    Prayer is fine but it still does not address the issue. People who have a mental illness need help. It’s a shame we do not address mental illness in our communities.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    Wow Beeg1984, your story is like so many others that we hear on the news almost on a daily basis. Families say, “we never thought it could happen to us”. It’s crazy because when we were growing up, we had family members that we knew “were touched (with something) and we sat by quietly going about our business hoping everything would be okay as long as we kept an eye on them, don’t leave them alone, etc… I have a 1st cousin who has mental issues and when we were growing up, I just thought she was crazy, but not “CRAZY”, however, every year when I go south, I’m more and more convinced that one day she is going to hurt somebody, I’m actually scared of her, so of course I keep my eyes on her and am glad when she leaves the house. My kids just thinks she’s weird and funny but hell I know better and I don’t trust her. I thank God she’s on meds because God help us all if she’s not.

  4. Rosco P Coaltrain on said:

    Our city has been deeply hurt by this great tragedy. Dayton is a city where we all stick together as God Fearing people. He will not get off by using the phrase Mental Illness. And allow me to show you what Mental Illness really is……..”We battle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness, principalities and rulers of darkness in high places”………When we understand that scripture, then we will understand how to defeat those mentally ill comments and acts like macben. Although he did tell the truth (BLM) but he just does not believe it. See what I mean by spiritual wickedness? Keep the Schooler in prayer.

  5. Beeg1984 on said:

    Mental illness is so sad, my nephew in his last 20s has problems. This was a first for my family, my sisters child, we are very close, the kind of family that goes to my parents every Sunday and every holiday. We though we were all well rounded and it came out of nowhere. But God is still good and as long as he is on his meds, he is fine. He is smart boy, that when to college and that is when the breakdown happened. My point is don’t ignore this or chop it up as these kids are crazy. My family got a very rude awaking. NO FAMILY IS EXMEMPTED!!!! We did not have any tragic but a close call once and I know my nephew loves all of us, but his mind was thinking we were out to hurt him. Praying for this family..

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