Died July 27, 2008
For Greg McKendry, age 60, other than the church play, Sunday may have seemed like other Sundays when he went to church. He did not know how desperately bad things would get at church.
An armed man arrived at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. The armed man started shooting during a children's musical program. According to both a CNN article a KnoxNews.Com report, Greg McKendry tried to protect people. The Knox News cites his 16 year old foster son, Taylor Bessette as saying Greg McKendry "stood in front of the bullets" to protect a child. In a You Tube video, Taylor Bessette calls his foster father, Greg McKendry, a hero.
A CNN news article reports Jim Adkisson told the police "all liberals should be killed" and admitted he shot people at the church. The authorities are treating the murder as a hate crime.