Sunday mourning: Church begins to heal after shooting deaths

| May 6, 2012

A piano played, a bell rang and a congregation that less then three days before was shaken and stunned by tragedy continued to move toward healing.

"The Episcopal Church is in pain and agony today," said the Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. "Two wonderful woman have been slain in this place."

"This day is focused on our grief," he said later, "our shared grief and love for our sisters."

This was the first Sunday service at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City since a homeless man, a man church members had once served often, came into the building with a gun and, according to county police, shot Brenda Brewington, the parish administrator, and Mary-Marguerite Kohn, the church's co-rector.

Brewington, a 59-year-old Ellicott City woman, was pronounced dead on the scene as police arrived Thursday evening. Kohn, a 62-year-old from Arbutus, was critically wounded and taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she died on May 5.

Kohn's funeral will be held at 3 p.m. May 8 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, according to an announcement made Sunday in church. Services for Brewington will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 10 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, a church that opened its doors to members of St. Peter's on the evening of the shooting.

"Many in the diocese wondered how long it would take until the congregation could meet in this space," Sutton said at St. Peter's on Sunday. "How long did it take? Not long."

The night after the shooting, St. Peter's reopened to allow its congregation to gather with — and for — each other.,0,1569140.story

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