Monday, July 28, 2008
Second Knoxville victim dies; gunman left 'manifesto.'
A second victim of yesterday's horrific church shootings in Knoxville has died. Linda Kraeger, a 61-year-old member of the Westside UU Church, died from injuries she received when Jim Adkisson apparently began firing a shotgun as a children's performance of "Annie Jr" was about to begin at the Tennessee Valley UU Church. An usher who confronted the gunman was the first victim.
Meanwhile, police are holding Adkisson on first-degree murder charges and have searched his home and car, where they found a multi-page "manifesto," according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. A neighbor told the paper that Adkisson had expressed anger at Christianity in the past, which, if it turns out that his attack was religiously-motivated, could add a bitter irony to the story: He picked the least representative of churches to atone for what he perceived as Christianity's sins. He had no known prior relationship with TVUUC.
Update: This just in: The gunman specifically targeted the UU congregation for its "liberal stance," according to the police chief, who described the contents of the four-page letter the gunman left behind.
Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 28 July 2008 at 8:36 AM