Condolences pour in for pastor killed in Gauteng church shooting

Community members are in shock following a shooting at a place of worship that resulted in a clergyman’s death and the injuring of three others.

Messages of condolence are pouring in for Pastor Dwayne Gordon’s family after he was shot while preaching at Eagle Christian Centre in Newlands, Johannesburg, on Friday night.

Randfontein Herald reported this morning that it is believed that a group of men stormed into the church and opened fire, killing Gordon, who was from Toekomsrus in Randfontein, and injuring three others.

A live stream of the incident was shared on social media, in which people were heard screaming.

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In a statement posted on its Facebook page yesterday, Eagle Christian Centre said it is devastated and extends its condolences to Gordon’s family and friends during this difficult time.

The church is co-operating with law enforcement to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. “As a church, we will also be taking additional security measures to safeguard our congregation and ensure their safety during future gatherings.”

Some people took to social media to share their heartfelt condolences.

Jeandre Davids said: “No words can describe the pain my heart is feeling right now. I miss you already so much. May your beautiful soul rest in perfect peace. I love you so much.”

Prophet Anointed Benard said: “You were a great servant of God, prophet Dwayne Gordon, such a humble soul you were. I’m deeply hurt by your passing. I pray that God strengthens your family and friends in this difficult time.”

In an article published by Northcliff Melville Times this afternoon, provincial police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi said the armed men also robbed people of their cellphones and other belongings before they fled the scene.

A case of murder and two counts of attempted murder have been opened, says Nevhuhulwi.

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela condemned the incident and urged the community to work with police to deal with crime in the area.

No arrests had been made at the time of publishing.

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