Tom McFeely is the National Catholic Register’s News Editor. He lives in British Columbia.
This CNN video of grieving Geneva County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Myers is heart-wrenching to watch.
Yesterday, while Deputy Myers was on duty, his wife Andrea and his 3-year-old daughter Corinne were among the 10 people murdered by Michael McLendon in an inexplicable shooting spree in southern Alabama.
Deputy Myers actually rushed to the nearby Reliable Metal Products plant in the nearby town of Geneva, where the gunman shot and killed himself after his murderous rampage, not knowing that his wife and young daughter were among McLendon’s victims.
In the video, Deputy Myers asks for prayers for his 3-month-old baby daughter Ella Kay, who is in Pensacola’s Sacred Heart Hospital being treated for a gunshot wound in her leg. She will be operated on today to remove the bullet.
“Just keep my baby girl in your prayers,” he says. “I don’t know what else to say — just be praying for my baby girl.”
The family’s other child, a 4-year-old boy, was found hiding in their home after the shooting by a family friend.
A family friend found the couple’s 4-year-old son hiding in the Myers’ home after the shooting.
“He was present when it happened,” Deputy Myers said, CNN reported. “He knows something’s wrong. He asked where mama was, and I had to tell him she was with Jesus. This is going to take a long time to work through it.”