Memorial service for slain wife of Homewood pastor

Karen Shahan photo from memorial program (WIAT)
Karen Shahan photo from memorial program (WIAT)

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- A steady stream of family and friends gathered Saturday afternoon at The First Baptist Church of Birmingham. More than 200 attended.

On the memorial program this excerpt:” when I tried to understand all this, it was painful to me, till I entered the sanctuary of God, then I understood.”

52 year old Karen Shahan was remembered as a wife, mother and grandmother. Her husband Richard, serves as an associate pastor at the church.

The tragic crime began to unfold Tuesday morning, when Shahan’s body was found after a co-worker reported she had not come to work. Her husband was out of town.

“They’re saying don’t be afraid, but yet be cautious if you know anything about it, so that to me is unsettling. It’s a mixed message,” said neighbor Marietta Moyer.

Police spent days processing the couple’s home on Hugh Circle for evidence. By Saturday the crime scene tape had come down and the house remained empty.

A neighbor today told us off camera that the church owns and rents the homes on the street. He did not know Mrs. Shahan and reports nothing out of the ordinary the night she was killed.

Adding to the community fears, so little information has come from the police. No news conferences, no word on whether this was some random crime and no arrests.

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