Slain Mormon bishop: Reaction from neighboring minister, alleged shooter's family

by | Aug. 30, 2010

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The tragic events of past 24 hours that left a Mormon bishop dead have left a neighboring minister and the family of the alleged killer with heavy hearts.

KSL-TV is reporting on its website that Mike Ward, the younger brother of alleged shooter Kenneth James Ward, said his brother was mentally ill and felt wronged by the LDS Church – a church which he belonged to in the 1980s. His brother said Kenneth believed he had been "shunned to hell" by a bishop in 1988, and that is why he asked for a bishop when he went to the church in Visalia on Sunday.

The gun used in the violent act belonged to Ward's grandfather, Mike Ward said.

Mike Ward, a Bakersfield resident, told the Vasilia-Times Delta the shooting was not politically motivated or a result of Prop. 8. Mike said the Ward family is sorry for what happened.

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