Man gunned down after church service, Son arrested, says it was ‘will of Allah 04/02/2013


By MARGIE NETZEL - mnetzel@starbeacon.com
Children screamed in terror and hid under the pews at Hiawatha Church of God in Christ on Sunday, witnesses said, as an Ashtabula man was shot and killed by his son just after the Easter service.

Richard Riddle, 52, was leaving the church on Hiawatha Street with his wife at about 1 p.m. when his son, 25-year-old Reshad Riddle, approached him and fired a single round from a handgun, instantly killing Richard, church associate pastor Sean Adams said.

About 150 parishioners were leaving the church in recessional. They ducked down at the sound of the gunshot, pushing their children and grandchildren under the pews as Reshad Riddle entered the church, still carrying the gun and yelling that the shooting was “the will of Allah. This is the will of God,” Adams said.

‘I saw everything;’ A grieving mother on Monday described watching her grandson put a gun to her son’s head, pull the trigger and seeing her son collapse to the ground.


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