( 4UMF NEWS ) Fitness Instructor Killed Inside Church:
A fitness trainer and mother of three was murdered in a Dallas-area church Monday morning by a man wearing SWAT gear, police said.
Boot camp-style exercise class participants who showed up at the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, Tex., around 5 a.m. found their instructor Terri (Missy) Bevers, 45, dead, according to the Midlothian Police Department.
Police Chief Carl Smith said a man wearing what looked like a tactical helmet, gloves and a heavy vest with “POLICE” written on it could be seen in security camera footage from the E. U.S. Highway 287 church just before Bevers arrived. The department released the 4 a.m. footage Monday afternoon, though Smith said no cameras captured the attack.
The boot camp class, called “Camp Gladiator,” usually takes place outdoors, but rain in the area forced the class inside Monday. Investigators found a lot of broken glass in the church, though nothing seemed to be missing.
“We are exploring all possibilities,” Smith said at an afternoon news conference. “It’s just an odd, random situation that they would happen to come into a building that’s being burglarized on a Monday morning. But all scenarios are on the table right now.”
The Dallas County medical examiner will rule on Bevers’ official cause of death. But Midlothian police Capt. John Spann said that she had suffered “obvious trauma.” Members of the community about 25 miles southwest of Dallas planned a candlelight vigil Monday night for Bevers, who lived in nearby Red Oak, WFAA-TV reported.
“If it’s raining, we’re still training,” said an image posted Sunday on Bevers’ apparent Facebook page. “NO EXCUSES….You are Gladiators!”
Other photos showed her husband and three daughters ages 8, 13 and 15, along with several posts about the Texas Rangers baseball team.
“Having an Impact on Others and Helping Others Reach Their Fitness & Health Goals is my ‘PASSION!'” the profile says.
Bevers’ husband was out of town Monday morning and traveled home after hearing what happened, according to the police department.
“We want to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of the victim,” Chief Smith said, noting the murder investigation marks his department’s first one in nearly a decade. “This is a tragic event for all involved, including our community.”
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