Slain pastor’s mom recalls ‘a man of integrity, joy, passion’

| May 19, 2012

Rev. Jaman Iseminger showed up at his church in Southport early on Saturday to open the doors to a group of volunteers who were coming out to clean up the historic cemetery adjacent to their 116-year-old church building.

But before the work could get well underway a homeless woman entered the church and shot Iseminger, 29, and then left out in the neighborhood. Iseminger managed to get through the church’s side door and outside before collapsing. He died a short time later at a hospital.

The suspect in the shooting, 46-year-old Lori Ann Barcroft, was found a few blocks from the scene by a police officer using canine partner to track her. But Southport police Chief Randy Ellison said she confessed the shooting to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police investigators.

What the motive for the shooting was is unknown.

“That’s kind of the million dollar question – why?” Ellison said.

Iseminger had grown up in Bethel Community Church of Southport and become its pastor in 2005. His mother, Gina, and father, Scott, have been part of the church for 30 years, his mother said. Iseminger is also survived by his wife, Amanda, and a 2-year-old daughter.|head

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