Saturday, October 20, 2007



Lorain County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 51899 Peck Wadsworth Road in Brighton Township just after 7 p.m. Saturday night after two people were found shot inside the home.

The two victims have been identified as New Life Assembly of God Pastor Mark Petric and his wife Sue. Sue Petric was shot once in the head and once in the arm and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pastor Petric was shot once in the left side of the head and was taken to Allen Medical Center in Oberlin by Southern Lorain County Paramedics where they met Metro LifeFlight. The Pastor was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Department issued A BOLO (Be On Look Out) for the families 1999 Green Windstar mini van Saturday evening. A Wellington Police Officer spotted the van a short time later in the city of Wellington, stopped the vehicle and took the driver into custody. The driver was the Petric’s 16-year-old son who is being interviewed by Detectives in relation to the shootings.

A New Life Assembly church member told TMC NEWS that the couple’s daughter and son-in-law arrived to the Petric home Saturday night to watch the Indians game and found the couple shot. She also said that the son had been upset with his father after he was told that he couldn’t play his video games.

Mark and Sue Petric have been pastors of New Life Assembly of God for over 2 years now. Prior to coming to Wellington they were youth and associate pastors at Eastgate Assembly of God and foster parents of the Bair Foundation while in Columbus, Ohio. The Petric's also worked with troubled teenagers as house parents and assistant directors of the Choice Place Boys Home in Ashland.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horrible...My prayers go out to their families and friends. Any update on his condition or what happened with the questioning of his son?

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a tragic event for this family. They are some of the most kind, caring and loving people I've ever met.

My thoughts and prayers are with them.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, something was missed here with this boy. Perhaps he displayed unusal anger and was overlooked. This is a horrible crime of possible pareside. My heart is with their families, their parish and their friends.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our church is praying for this family, extended family and church family.

If you know the church website address, can you post? Are there any updates on his condition in the hospital?

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sue is a relative of mine. Please pray for the family as well as the Church family, all have suffered a loss. Pray for your families and churches.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know the Petric's, but Sue's sister attends my church in Maryland and she and her husband are wonderful people. Our church family was told this morning. Our prayers are with you and your family, Melinda. Please know that we are all here for you and grieving right beside you.

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Sue. And my heart rends at the thought that her family and friends - especially Mark - will now have to go on without her. She was magnetic and funny. She was wise and practical. She loved her kids and her family like crazy. She lived and breathed the Joy of the Lord and now, she resides in His arms.

May the peace that passes ALL understanding be with us all . . .

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i needed to tell you that I just love your breaking news emails and your web sight. I subscribe to the Chronicle and they don't have near the coverage as you do of things that go on around us in our city. Keep up the good work!

1:53 PM  

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