Church Remembers Youth Pastor Botham Jean Killed in His Own Home by Dallas Police Officer One Year Ago

The memory of his voice still echoes through the worship center.

The notes from his last Sunday school lesson are left untouched.

Members of the Dallas West Church of Christ say whether he was leading worship in the pulpit or seated in the pews, Botham Jean lived a life of service and purpose.

“Botham was a very charismatic young man. If you knew him you loved him,” Dallas West Church of Christ Evangelist Sammie Berry told CBN News.

Officer Claims She Thought Jean Was an Intruder 

The 26-year-old accountant, worship leader, and St. Lucia native was fatally shot September 6, 2018, when Dallas police officer Amber Guyger entered his home.

Guyger stated she didn’t realize the apartment was not her own and believed Jean to be an intruder.

“I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to believe it,” recalled Berry.

“We Serve a Sovereign God”

“As soon as I heard, the first thing I did was grab my phone and said I don’t believe it. I’m going to call him. And of course, I didn’t get an answer,” he continued.

In the midst of several high profile police shootings, Berry knew a difficult task lay ahead: comforting a broken congregation and encouraging a city anxious for justice.

“The way I really rationalize and deal with it in my head is the God that we serve is a sovereign God. He is in control,” Berry said.

“There was something that was very bad that happened to Botham. I think there’s a lot of good that is going to come out of it,” he continued.

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Source: CBN