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Pastor’s Mother Killed in Shooting Outside Colorado Church

Suspected shooter also killed by an off-duty officer attending the church.
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A shooting outside a Colorado church left the pastor's mother and a suspect dead on Sunday afternoon.

Police told KCNC in Denver that the driver of one vehicle chased another vehicle into the parking lot of The Destiny Center in Aurora after getting into an argument. Josephine Echols, the mother of church pastor Delono Straham, left the church as a service was ending to see what was happening and was shot.

An off-duty police officer attending the service shot the shooter. Both Echols and the shooter later died at the hospital.

Yolanda Marant, the church's spokeswoman, told the Denver Post that the shooter was unknown to the members of the church.

In 2009, CT reported on the recent surge in church shootings. A year earlier, CT addressed the changes churches were considering to their security plans following the December 2007 shootings at Youth With a Mission's training center in Denver and at New Life Church in Colorado Springs

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