CONCEPTION, Mo. (AP) — The doors at Conception Abbey in northwest Missouri are still unlocked and open, and forgiveness continues to be the theme as the members of the rural monastery remember a day of horror five years ago. Yesterday was the anniversary of a shooting spree that left two monks dead. The gunman also killed himself.
The Reverend Gregory Polan, the monastery’s abbot, says that while the monks want to move forward, the events of that day are in their hearts and minds. Lloyd Robert Jeffress, a 71-year-old retiree, walked into the abbey 90 miles north of Kansas City on June tenth, 2002, and opened fire with an A-K-47 assault rifle. He killed 62-year-old Damian Larson, of Wichita, Kansas, and 84-year-old Philip Schuster, of Pilot Grove, before shooting himself. Investigators say the crime was random.
Anniversary of Abbey Shooting
Jun 11, 2007