Pastor’s mother killed in church shooting

| April 22, 2012

AURORA – Authorities say the mother of a pastor was shot and killed at an Aurora church Sunday afternoon.

Aurora Police say the shooting happened in the 10600 block of East Bethany Drive.

9NEWS has learned the shooting took place at the Destiny Christian Center located in a busniess park near Parker Road and Havana Street.

According to Yolanda Marant, the media contact for the church, the shooting happened right at the end of service Sunday, sometime after 2 p.m.

"Our drummer was waving for a couple of people in our service to come out," Marant said about the end of the service.

She says the drummer waived for the off-duty officer and the pastor's mother to come outside.

According to Marant, she didn't know why the church's drummer was asking people to come out.

Marant told 9NEWS the drummer, the police officer and the pastor's mother were outside and then the congregation heard, "get down."

"I've never been in any kind of trouble. I've never heard a series of shots," Marant said. "Three shots back to back. All of a sudden, people were told to get down. We hit the floor, our kids were on the floor. [We told] everyone not to go outside."

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