A woman's death has left more questions than answers as a Texas town is confronted with its first murder in seven years (video below).
"We want to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of the victim," said Midlothian Police Chief Carl Smith, as reported by KTXA. "This is a tragic event for all involved, including our community.”
On April 18, 45-year-old Terri Leann “Missy” Bevers arrived at Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian, Texas, at 4:18 a.m. to prepare for a “boot camp” class she taught for Camp Gladiator, according to police spokesman Captain John Spann. A man dressed in tactical gear was already inside in the church, and surveillance footage shows he was on the church grounds at 3:50 a.m., as reported by WFAA.
"His intent was to look like a police officer," said Smith.
Although police have not disclosed how they believe Bevers was killed, the man in the footage is believed to have played a major role in her death. She was unloading equipment from her pickup truck when she died, and was later discovered by her students.
"She was actually found by one of the boot camp participants who got there a little bit early and waited outside for a while until others got there," Spann said. "They went in the building where they located her."
The motive for Bevers’ murder is still unknown. Detectives noticed evidence of forced entry, so they wonder whether she interrupted a burglary or was targeted after posting the information about her class on social media. Smith said no one else was found in the building.
"It certainly is a strange occurrence for a church to be burglarized this time of morning," Smith said. "It certainly looks like […] it's just an odd, random situation."
No items appear to have been taken, but the church has suffered much damage. According to the surveillance footage, the suspect left the grounds after allegedly murdering Bevers. Detectives did not notice a weapon on the suspect in the footage aside from a tool believed to have been used to forcibly enter the building.
Bevers was a married mother of three and was "a woman of God who loved her husband, children, and friends."
"I'm so sad about it,” said Kelli Herron. "She was doing something she loved. She did it to help people."