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‘Scrambling for understanding’: Church hosts vigil for Sugar Land family found dead

SUGAR LAND, Texas – The senior pastor of the church attended by a Sugar Land man who was found dead in San Marcos said Wednesday that he’s in shock, hours before the church held a vigil honoring the family.

River Pointe Church senior pastor Patrick Kelley said 53-year-old Richard Logan served as one of the pastors at the church until 2011 when Logan left to create a charity aimed at helping low-income neighborhoods.

Authorities said Logan was found dead in San Marcos after apparently committing suicide. Authorities said that when they went to Logan’s Evening Light Drive home to inform his family, officers found the bodies of Logan’s wife and son. Investigators said they are still trying to determine the causes of death for the woman and boy and if their deaths are related to Logan’s death 150 miles away.

Kelley said the loss of the Logan family is being felt throughout all of Fort Bend County.

“We share this loss together,” Kelley said. “We’re sad. We’re all sad.”

Kelley said he spoke to Logan often and that Logan was once the pastor that worked with his children.

“I’m scrambling for understanding,” Kelley said.

Kelley said a gathering for the community will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the children’s building on the church’s Richmond campus on Southwest Freeway. Kelley said crisis counselors and pastors will be available at the gathering.

“The best thing for us to do is to come together and give each other a hug,” Kelley said.

Kelley said the Logan family last attended church on Saturday.

Mourners gather for vigil

A day after the devastating tragedy, a community came together in a house of worship as they try to understand the deaths of a former pastor, his wife and their 11-year-old son.

“Everybody’s heart is broken basically,” said Keith Gremillion, who attended the vigil.

Christine Meeker, who also attended the vigil, said, “I think the hugging and the crying and the loving is all part of it what we had to have. We had to know that we’re all here for each other.”

As investigators work to figure out exactly what happened and a reason behind the deaths, the community is doing all they can to help one another during such a difficult time.

“I guess it was comforting to be able to share some time with other people that are grieving also and processing our thoughts together,” said Mark Meeker, who was at the vigil.

Many in attendance also said they are praying for the family’s daughter, who friends said was away at college when the deaths occurred.

“She needs prayers, she needs love and she needs our thoughts," said Christine Meeker. “She’s lost her entire family.”


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