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Man shoots, kills ex-wife in Pennsylvania church

PITTSBURGH — An elementary school music teacher shot his former wife while she played the organ during a Sunday church service, then returned minutes later to shoot her again and ensure she was dead before congregants stopped and grabbed him, police said.

The shooting was detailed in a criminal complaint filed Monday against Gregory Eldred, 52, of Coudersport, who remained jailed without bond on first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting at the First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport.

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Darlene Sitler, 53, the choir director, was seated at the organ when she was shot about 20 minutes into the 11 a.m. service, State Police said.

Eldred quickly left the building and put a handgun on the hood of his vehicle while those inside called 911 and aided Sitler. A witness said Eldred picked up the gun about five minutes later and forcibly entered the church.

He walked toward Sitler saying, ‘‘I got to see her. I got to see if she’s dead,’’ before firing two more shots, a complaint said.

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