House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the following statement in response to the tragic shooting death of Reverend William B. Schooler: 

“I am saddened to hear of the loss of Reverend Schooler to such tragic and senseless violence. He was a friend, a spiritual leader, and a respected public servant who cared as deeply for his community as the community cared for him. 

“As a certified mediator who placed his trust in his faith and in nonviolent resolution, few can deny the role he played in bringing attention to important issues in our community. 

“Serving as an educator in our local public schools for several decades, Schooler enriched the lives of hundreds of his students and colleagues. He was a role model not only for our city’s children, but also for his entire congregation. 

“Rev. Schooler’s loss will be felt across the city of Dayton and across the entire state of Ohio. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rev. Schooler’s family, his friends and his neighbors. My heart goes out to all who were moved by Rev. Schooler and are now trying to make sense of an act of violence that claimed the life of such an influential and revered leader.” 

Schooler, 70, was a pastor at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church. He was shot and killed in his office during a church service on Sunday. In addition to his service to the city of Dayton, Schooler was a decorated Vietnam War veteran; he received the Bronze Star for his bravery and heroism.  

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