Kelvin Wheeler Jr., a youth pastor and dean of students at Triumph Middle School in Harper Woods, Michigan, believed being a father to his 8-year-old son was “dope.” Now, the 34-year-old preacher’s son will have to grow up without him after he was mysteriously shot dead last Wednesday.
The Detroit News reports that Wheeler Jr. had just left his father’s house on July 8 when he stopped at a red light at Ewald Circle and Livernois Avenue in Detroit at about 11:40 p.m., where he was shot.
His girlfriend was in the passenger seat, according to his longtime pastor, the Rev. Steve Bland of Liberty Temple Baptist Church in Detroit.
According to a preliminary police report, an “unknown male suspect” approached the vehicle on foot and “allegedly fired several shots in the front windshield striking the victim multiple times.”
Wheeler, who was “always fascinated by fireworks,” was reportedly watching some go off on the night he died, Bland said.
“[His girlfriend] said they were sitting at the red light, marveling at some of the fireworks that were being shot off in the neighborhood,” the pastor told the newspaper. “She told me she didn’t distinguish the sound of fireworks from the gunshots.”
The suspect took off in what police say is an older-model gray sedan.
“She’s still in shock, and I’m working on getting her some psychological support,” Bland explained of the pastor’s girlfriend. “I got to her hours after it happened, and she was still covered in blood. There’s no way you can experience something like that and not be hurt by it.”
According to Bland, Wheeler was a minister in his church who was preparing for ordination while pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at the Ashland Theological Seminary branch in Southf
“He was in the seminary, and was one year from finishing his master’s degree in counseling. He was training as my youth pastor and he was big on trying to get others to find someone they could help,” Bland said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair