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Grieving Pastor Shoots Himself in Front of His Mother and Son

Ed Montgomery, an Illinois pastor who lost his wife to a brain aneurysm in December of last year, allegedly shot himself as his mother watched and his son pleaded with him not to do it. Montgomery had been lamenting that he could hear his wife’s voice and footsteps and was apparently so painfully grieving her death that he could no longer function. A family friend, Sandy Davis, told The Christian Post that she wasn’t sure if Montgomery was depressed but had been having these problems with hearing his wife for about two weeks.

“It’s just heartbreaking, you feel for the family,” said Davis. “The Ed that I know, he would have never wanted to leave his family, but I guess just the depression, I can’t speak on, but it’s just something. The way he loved his family I guess his heart was so broken that he loved Jackie more, so I don’t know. It’s just hard to grasp. I don’t know what to make of it.”

Montgomery had served at the Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International church in Hazel Crest, Ill. Local authorities would not confirm the cause of death until after lab tests were completed but said it appeared to be a suicide.

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