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Tiffany Johnson and Philip Crouse
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Four Christians were killed when Matthew Murray (24), who was described by one policeman as a man who "hated Christians," went on shooting sprees at two locations in Colorado on December 9. At approximately midnight Murray walked into the Youth with a Mission (YWAM) training centre on the grounds of Faith Bible Chapel in the Denver suburb of Arvada. After a staff member refused to let him spend the night, he pulled out a gun and began shooting. Tiffany Johnson (26) and Philip Crouse (24) were shot dead. Two others were wounded.

In 2002, Murray had attended the YWAM training school but had to leave without completing his term because of health concerns, according to a December 10 press release from YWAM. Recently he had been reportedly sending hate mail to the school.

Twelve hours later, Murray opened fire at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, killing sisters Stephanie (18) and Rachael Works (16). After being shot by a security guard at the church, Murray then shot and killed himself.

Between the two attacks, Murray reportedly posted anti-Christian messages on an internet forum including a statement saying that he wanted to kill and injure as many Christians as he could and that Christians "[were] to blame for most of the problems in the world."

Pray for the families of those killed. May they find comfort in knowing that those who die in the Lord will be raised with him (1 Cor. 15:50-58). Pray for the family of Matthew Murray as well, as they also must walk a difficult path.

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