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Murdered Preacher Remembered in Milford

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MILFORD, Del.- Authorities say an elderly Milford man lost his life Sunday afternoon, after being shot by a 42-year-old tenant named Alonzo Johnson. The victim, 72-year-old Clarence Short, known by the name "Pete" by friends and family, was a preacher in the Sussex County area who gave sermons in many different churches in his life.

The church he really called home was the Milford Church of Christ. Dan Nichols, the preacher at this house of God said that Short was instrumental in the founding of this location. He said more than 20 years ago, Short was a member of a church in Dover, when he felt the need to expand to Milford. It was at this time, that led the charge in forming the Milford Church of Christ, and became the first preacher.

Nichols said the community reaction has been one of complete shock.

"Never in anyone's lifetime would they have thought anything could happen to Pete," he said. "And everyone who I talked to - calling the different churches - were just like - 'I need to hang up and I'll call you back.' They just couldn't swallow it."

Nichols said that he looked up to Short, as did many in the congregation. Short retired from full-time preaching, but continued to do so at other locations such as the Christian Church in Seaford.

"He was just a man who would give of himself at any time for almost anyone," he said. "And just - a passion. He just had a passion that just exuded to anyone and everyone."

Nichols said that on the day that the shooting took place, Short was at the Seaford Christian Church doing what he does best: preaching the words of God.

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