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Slain South Carolina Doctor Wrote Of Faith, Life’s Fragility

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FILE - This March 12, 2009 file photo shows Dr. Robert Lesslie in Rock Hill, S.C. Authorities say a gunman, identified as former NFL player Phillip Adams, killed Lesslie, his wife and grandchildren on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in Rock Hill. Adams killed himself early Thursday according to a source who was briefed on the investigation. (John D. Simmons/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

(AP) — Authorities are trying to figure out why former NFL player Phillip Adams shot and killed a prominent South Carolina doctor, three of his family members and a repairman before taking his own life. Even in their grief over Wednesday’s killings of Robert Lesslie, his wife, two of their grandchildren and a repairman who was doing work at their home, the couple’s family expressed forgiveness.

The longtime physician frequently wrote in his books and blog posts about the fragility of life and a deep-seated Christian faith that guided him personally and professionally. In one post, he wrote: “Life is uncertain. Things happen. Lives are unexpectedly changed or ended. And it happens suddenly.” A second repairman who survived is in critical condition.

 

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