Neighbors describe Donaldson’s family as “God fearing” and very religious.
His mother often organized charity events for Church Without Walls and began her own hair cutting school at the church before moving on to another location.
Church Without Walls Senior Pastor Brandon White says the family now attends a different church but he remembers Howell as a member of the youth group and has kind things to say about the entire family.
“They’re stand up people,” White told us. “They’re the type of people every pastor would want in their church.”
Now that the family is gripped by the arrest of their son for murdering four people with no apparent motive, White is as troubled as the other friends and neighbors we spoke to about the Donaldsons, but is at a loss to explain how such a thing could happen to the boy he knew in youth group.