Published On: Fri, Dec 6th, 2013

Illinois pastor Ed Montgomery shoots self, grieving deceased wife, hearing her voice and footsteps

Ron Wilson, founder and lead pastor of the Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International church in Hazel Crest, Illinois, says his church has been “devastated” by the news Ed Montgomery, one of their pastors committed suicide.

jackie-and-ed-montgomeryMontgomery has been grieving his wife who died suddenly last December.

“Devastated. Devastated. Devastated,” said Wilson, quoted by the Christian Post.

The pastor shot himself inside his home in front of his pleading son on Saturday, after lamenting that he was hearing her voice and footsteps.

While holding the gun he used to shoot himself to his head, Montgomery said: “I can’t go on. I’m telling you I can’t go on. It will be the best. Do not call anyone. I don’t want to live. I don’t want to live without my wife. I don’t want this house.”

Sandy Davis, a family friend and co-worker with the deceased wife, Jackie Montgomery, says she died of a brain aneurysm last year.

“She just explained to me that he had shot himself. He was pretty much saying he heard his wife’s voice and footsteps and things like that, and he just was having a hard time. So he ended up shooting himself,” said Davis to the Post.

Apostle Wilson explained that he was not aware of the depth of depression Montgomery had been experiencing because he didn’t show any signs of trouble when he saw him after his wife died.

“It was totally hidden from us. That was the furthest thing from our mind about him dealing with suicidal tendencies. Secondly, we didn’t know he was dealing with depression to that level because on the exterior, he gave the appearance that he was getting through it,” said Wilson.

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