Bizarro News: Elem. School Teacher Shoots Ex-Wife During Church Service

Gregory Eldred shoots his ex-wife Darlene Sitler during church service in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, Sunday, December 2, 2012.

This story has to be one of the most brutal and tragic stories we’ve heard in a while.  For some people, divorce isn’t good enough.  They have to know that they will never have to deal with that person ever again.

Gregory Eldred, 52, of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, walked into the First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport and shot his ex-wife and choir director, 53-year-old Darlene Sitler as she sat at the organ for Sunday’s service.  Sitler fell into the organ pit.

But the even more incredible element to the story is that Eldred, an elementary school music teacher, left the church and placed his gun on the hood of his car.  But then, he thought about it and thought he’d go back and make sure she was dead by shooting her several more times.

Another witness, Leslie Rolfe, said Eldred picked up the gun about five minutes later, while Rolfe tried to hold the church doors shut but couldn’t. Rolfe and his wife, Dr. Beverly Prince, tried to persuade Eldred to drop his gun, but he instead threatened to shoot them and the pastor, telling Prince “I want to finish this,” the complaint said.

Can you believe that?  It reads like some sort of novel.  Unfortunately, it is not and the children of the area’s music programs will be in shock.  In addition to being a choir director for her church, Sitler taught music at the Northern Potter Children’s School for 30 years. Her ex-husband Eldred, taught in the neighboring Coudersport Area School District since 1986.

This bizarre set of events will indeed boggle the minds of many for some time.  Police appear to be clueless thus far and will only say that it has nothing to do with their divorce which was two years ago.

Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

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