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    TX - Rev. Clint Dobson, 28, killed in Arlington church robbery, 3 March 2011

    http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/030...lington-church
    ARLINGTON, Texas - A pastor was found dead and a secretary was wounded inside the NorthPoint Baptist Church building Thursday afternoon.
    Police are now looking for the woman’s cream-colored, four-door 2007 Mitsubishi Galant with the license plate of DFR352. A suspect in the crime may have taken the car, police said.

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    Am I the only one who is ashamed of my first thoughts? This could be the work of a crazy person raging against God, a family dispute, or even a robbery. Why do my thoughts immediately wander over to what could possibly be hidden in the pastor's history that would cause someone to do this? I'm not pleased with myself and I abhor violence of any kind.

    My prayers go out to the families. How horrific for a congregation to lose their pastor. And most church secretaries are well loved by their churches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    Am I the only one who is ashamed of my first thoughts? This could be the work of a crazy person raging against God, a family dispute, or even a robbery. Why do my thoughts immediately wander over to what could possibly be hidden in the pastor's history that would cause someone to do this? I'm not pleased with myself and I abhor violence of any kind.

    My prayers go out to the families. How horrific for a congregation to lose their pastor. And most church secretaries are well loved by their churches.
    Well, it was a violent crime. Either something related to the pastor (since he's deceased) -- whether the gripe was of a personal or professional nature -- or a random act of violence. I wouldn't sweat the fact that you immediately jumped to the pastor. You have a 50 percent chance of being correct.

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    NorthPoint is a satellite church connected to the First Baptist Church of Arlington. Pastor Dobson looks to be very young and has been pastor since 2008. He leaves a wife. The church secretary has been married for 38 years and has children and grandchildren:

    http://www.fbca.org/northpointe

    http://www.fbca.sitewrench.com/clintdobson

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    I jump to conclusions far too fast. Whatever the motive, how heartbreaking.


    http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03...#ixzz1Feikveef

    Robbery may have been a motive in Arlington pastor's slaying

    "UPDATE: Arlington police said robbery may have been a motive in the slaying of a church pastor and the severe beating of his assistant on Thursday. Some items were missing from the church, spokeswoman Tiara Richard said during a news conference Friday morning. She said there were no signs of forced entry and said both victims were physically assaulted, but no cause of death has been released.

    Also Friday, the Rev. Dennis Wiles, pastor of First Baptist Church in Arlington, said that the assistant, Judy Elliott, was "doing some better" and is in stable condition...."

    more at link (with frequent updates)

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    Police announced on local news that robbery was the motive and that LE patrol cars are cruising through neighborhoods and parking lots looking for Mrs. Elliot's car that has yet to be located. Mrs. Elliot is still in and out of consciousness. She is still in critical condition. LE has not been able to speak with her yet.

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    http://www.wfaa.com/news/crime/10000...117415143.html
    Oak Farms is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the assailant or assailants.

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    Heartbreaking. The pastor was only 29 years old. This happened in my hometown and I know people that went to this church. Just horrible.

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    http://www.wfaa.com/news/crime/Polic...117444613.html
    ARLINGTON - Nearly a dozen local ministers arrived at Northpointe Baptist Church Friday evening to wrap their arms and their words around the small congregation.
    Friends said the assistant was beaten so badly, her husband was unable to recognize her at the scene. Dobson was a graduate of Baylor University. He also volunteered time as a community minister for the Arlington Police Department

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    http://www.wfaa.com/news/crime/Perso...117463874.html
    ARLINGTON — Arlington police arrested a suspect Saturday in the murder of NorthPointe Baptist Church Pastor


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    Quote Originally Posted by LMax View Post
    http://www.wfaa.com/news/crime/Perso...117463874.html
    ARLINGTON — Arlington police arrested a suspect Saturday in the murder of NorthPointe Baptist Church Pastor
    At least some good news comes from this tragedy.

    My thoughts and prayers for Judy Elliott that she makes a complete recovery.

    for Pastor Dobson, Rest in Peace
    Rest in Peace
    Joey, Summer, Gianni & Joseph Mateo


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    How awful! Why would someone rob a church for crying out loud? They don't keep bundles of money in there anyway!

    Prayers to their families and friends.

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    http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03...of-pastor.html

    was released last April from the state prison in Huntsville after serving two years on an Arlington theft charge. About a month after his release, he was arrested by DeSoto police on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He pleaded guilty and received deferred adjudication on the charge, records show.



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    I read that Pastor Dobson had recently asked to work more with the men at the church's outreach mission. I wonder if he ever ran across this man and somehow this monster surmised that there might be money in the church offices.

    My prayers are with the entire congregation. Devastating. Pastor Dobson seemed like such a vibrant young man. Any updates on Ms. Elliott's condition?

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    I think they are circling the wagons around Ms. Elliott now. Better that the perp doesn't know how she is or where she is, although it might be a little late for that. Hopefully this POS stays in jail this time

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