A Connecticut church neighborhood is in shock immediately after a newlywed pastor and her retired law enforcement officer partner, who was also a church elder, have been located shot useless in bed immediately after what appears like a murder-suicide.
The Waterbury Police Department claimed in a assertion that the bodies of 48-yr-previous LaRhonda Jones, an assistant pastor at RIM Town Church in New Haven, alongside with her 54-calendar year-aged partner, Eric, ended up uncovered on Thursday, November 21st.
LaRhonda’s employer, as nicely as her sister, identified as police to complete a welfare look at following she didn’t demonstrate up for operate.
The woman and her spouse have been observed in the bed room of their Waterbury condominium lifeless from evident gunshot wounds.
Even though officials have not categorized the circumstance as a murder-suicide, police found a handgun at the scene and said they necessary a residence manager to unlock the couple’s condominium, so it does not look any person broke into the dwelling.
“The church is devastated, devastated,” Denarian Gordon, Sr., RIM City Church’s senior pastor, who performed the couple’s relationship ceremony just one calendar year in the past, advised WTNH. “We’re all in a condition of shock, disbelief.”
A friend of LaRhonda’s, Jennifer Whiten, said she was shocked to hear the news, thinking about LaRhonda generally seemed happy with her partner Eric—a former New Haven law enforcement officer who retired in 2012 following 20 several years on the drive.
Whiten explained LaRhonda as a selfless woman—the type of buddy who’d drop what ever they ended up doing to be there for men and women in their time of need to have.
Whiten also mentioned that LaRhonda was a survivor of domestic violence from a earlier relationship.
“She had a enormous presence,” Whiten instructed WFSB. “Her spirit was just a welcoming spirit, all people gravitated to her. Most people just loved her. It is just a shock.”
The few also regularly wrote about their relationship and talked about how substantially they loved every other on social media.
“Saturday, March 10, 2018, I married one of God’s sons. He enjoys me in-spite of me. He is saved for real, he enjoys God, affected person, type, humorous, straightforward, and handsome. I am very pleased to be his spouse and contact him my spouse. #wearethejones’s,” she wrote on Facebook soon right after their marriage.
Less than two months later on, in a article shared on Might 4th, LaRhonda termed Eric the “perfect example of a person and husband” and thanked him for operating hard to assist her ministry and patiently “putting up with me.”
“Dear Partner: Eric Jones. You are a single of God’s biggest blessings to me. Thank you for picking out me to be your very good point. I am blessed to have you as my husband. You are so dope.
“Thank you for putting up with me. Thank you for your infinite tolerance. Thank you for having treatment of anything. Thank you for performing so hard for us. For heading to do the job day following day to make things materialize for us. It is not going unnoticed. For going out there and undertaking your best despite the frustrations and road blocks.
“Thank you for supporting my ministry. I truly appreciate that. Thank you for your frequent encouragement and belief in me. You drive me to be far better even even though I check out to hide behind you. Lol!!!
“Thank you for listening and preserving me on my toes. Thank you for getting so handsome alongside with other issues I can’t point out here. You are the excellent illustration of a male and a spouse. You are the best spouse for me.
“I don’t have the phrases to categorical what an great husband you are but I appreciate you with my entire coronary heart. Eternally and normally devoted to you. Your spouse Rhonda.”
On his Fb webpage, Eric explained his 2018 relationship to LaRhonda as a “fresh start off.” He celebrated his birthday in October and thanked his wife in a submit on Facebook.
“I am so good complete for everyone who took the time out for all the birthday wishes. I am nonetheless smiling. God has blessed me to see another yr in which, I am grateful,” he shared. “Special many thanks to my wife for creating the working day great… Love you sweetheart.”
Again in March, LaRhonda posted on Facebook that she celebrated her birthday with Eric by attending Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Tour at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT.
She wrote: “My husband manufactured absolutely sure my birthday was perfect. He is the finest husband ever. Now was an fantastic birthday. [Thanks] sweetheart for the gifts, the bouquets, the balloons, and the participate in. Now off for a late supper. Also, thank you to my FB relatives and pals for all the birthday wishes. You fellas rock.”