Slain pastor was beloved in Dayton community

    DAYTON -- Dr. William Schooler was a pillar in the community, having worn many hats.

    He was not only a pastor but an educator, an Army veteran, a husband and father.

    We talked to relatives right after the tragedy. One family member said they're angry, shocked and frustrated by what happened Sunday at St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church.

    People who knew the Rev. William Schooler talked about the kind of man he was.

    They have nothing but praise for him.

    "I mean, we are just torn apart. This is not something you expect to happen," said Schooler's nephew Jomar Hinesmon.

    William Schooler's relatives are devastated after the pastor was shot and killed in his church about 12:20 p.m. Feb. 28, 2016.

    St Peters is a family church built by Schooler's father. William became pastor of the church in 2008.

    "A great person, a caring person, caring about people's soul. He'd walk up to strangers and talk to them about The Lord," said Mary Martin, who has been a church member more than 50 years.

    She said Schooler would do anything he could for you and was well respected. He was also very active in the Dayton community.

    "He was an educator, principal of Jefferson High School, superintendent. He's done a lot within the community. He touched a lot of young people's lives," said Hinesmon.

    He also served on the Dayton school board, the priority board, was president of the Baptist Ministerial Alliance and was an Army veteran.

    "He cared about his family," said Martin.

    He married his high school sweetheart and had three children.

    "We have lost a great person and I just don't, um. but he always impressed on us be on soul ready, you never know. But we never expected nothing like this," said Martin.

    "We've lost a true giant today, we really did. His impact will be felt," said Hinesmon.

    We reached out to talk to some of the ministers in town who knew Schooler.

    One of them said family members have called the ministers and asked them not to talk to the media until the family decides to speak.

    Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Rev. William Schooler. Rev. Schooler dedicated his life to the community as a former member of Dayton's Northwest Priority Board, and the Dayton Board of Education. He will always be remembered for his leadership at St. Peter's Missionary Baptist Church. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family while they continue to work through this difficult time.

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