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Pray for the Pulpit: A History of Recent Black Church Shootings

Marcus Ventress


Georgia Funeral Shooting

A funeral in June 2012  at a DeKalb County, Ga., church left two people, besides the decedent, dead this summer. At the home-going service for 19-year-old Ryan Devon Guider at Victory For the World Church,a witness told authorities that “gunshots went off everywhere and people were just running and falling” when a shootout began. Police believe that Marcus Ventress, the suspect in Guider’s death, appeared at the church which instigated a fight and subsequent shooting. Ventress and another man were killed.

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