First Baptist Church of Birmingham has released a statement about the death of a pastor's wife.
Karen Shahan was found killed inside her Homewood residence on Tuesday, July 23. Police discovered her body on the couch around 11:15 a.m. after responding to her home for a welfare check.
Homewood police have not released a cause of death, but said it was clear she had been killed.
Shahan was the wife of Rev. Richard Shahan, the children and families pastor for FBC Birmingham. Police say Rev. Shahan was out of town when his wife's body was discovered.
The church also owns the property where the Shahans lived in the Hugh Circle neighborhood next door to the church.
On Thursday, July 25, First Baptist Church of Birmingham released the following statement:
First Baptist Church Press Release
July 25, 2013
First Baptist Church of Birmingham is saddened to announce that long-time church member Karen Shahan died on July 23, 2013 in Homewood, Alabama. Karen Shahan was a member of the church choir and the wife of First Baptist Church's Children and Families Pastor, Rev. Richard Shahan. Karen Shahan's body was discovered in the couple's Homewood residence on the morning of July 23, 2013.
The cause of Karen Shahan's death is undetermined at this time. The Homewood Police Department is investigating the circumstances of the occurrence. No further information relating to the police investigation has been made available to First Baptist Church of Birmingham.
Karen Shahan is survived by her husband and the couple's two sons, Kyle and Colin (Elizabeth) and two grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements: Visitation will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, July 27, at First Baptist Church of Birmingham. A memorial service will follow at 12:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, the Shahan family requests memorial gifts be made to First Baptist Church of Birmingham's Children's Ministry.
Police have not released a motive in Shahan's killing or named any suspects in the case. Homewood investigators are asking anyone with information to call their tip line at (205) 332-6262 or Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777.
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