Family of shooting victim in mourning after deadly dispute
David Merritt (Source: Family photo)
Springdale Community Church where the shootings happened.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - We are learning more about the victim's families and the church where Thursday's deadly dispute took place. One family is planning a funeral while another is keeping a vigil at the hospital.
We now know who the victims are. David Merritt, 73, was killed. Neighbors said he was the Home Owner's Association President. The other victim, Marvin Fisher, was in the hospital in critical condition Friday evening. Neighbors said he is the Homeowner's Association Vice President.
The nightmare was still painfully real for Merritt's nephew, Shaun.
"We lost a very good man last night," he said.
Thursday night, police said suspect Mahmoud Yousef Hindi walked into a Homeowners Association meeting of about nine people inside the Springdale Community Church and when he shot the two men. By the time the suspect was subdued by a retired police officer, Shaun's uncle, Merritt, was dead.
"Dave, he was a gentle man. A very caring man," Shaun said. "He was willing to give back to the community in any way he could."
An uncle he said enjoyed several things, "We went up to a Reds ball game about 6-8 weeks ago. He enjoyed baseball. Loved baseball," said Shaun.
Neighbors said Fisher was taken to University Hospital.
"And is in very critical condition at this point. Life threatening injuries," Louisville Metro Police Homicide detective, Lt. Barry Wilkerson said in a press conference Friday afternoon.
"Thoughts and prayers need to be with him also and his family because they're struggling just as bad as we are," Shaun said.
Faith is at the forefront at Springdale Community Church after such tragedy in a place of worship and a community deeply cared for.
"The hardest part is just for the victims and their families. That's always the hardest part of any kind of tragedy. And in response to it is trying to minister to them and show love to them and care for them," Jason Autry, Lead pastor at Springdale Community Church said. "Precautions. We're working on that. There's nothing in the immediate that we could do. It was a meeting that's held here. It's held here monthly."
Weekend services will go on as usual. Through the pain.
"There's another family that's affected by this. That's the shooter's family. Don't have any hard-will against them," Shaun said. "It'll take a while to get back to normal," Shaun said.
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