The director of a Winterville ministry called God's Love, says a pastor shot and killed in Greenville early Monday morning has been a volunteer pastor there since April of 2010.
Pastor Jim Carr was killed in the home invasion. There have been no arrests.
God's Love executive director Trudy Halstead says, Jim was the only volunteer outreach pastor they currently had, and every Tuesday and Thursday night he would be speaking to anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five people. Halstead says the God's Love community has had a very difficult time since they heard the news of his death this morning. "Devastation. Speechless. Not being able to comprehend, why. Why Jim? Why not somebody else?"
Louis Groom remembers Pastor Carr as a caring and compassionate man who helped him with his crack cocaine addiction. Groom says, "By him being a listening ear and being around, and me getting it out, the virus ran its course. And it helped me move on. Groom also says Carr's support meant everything to him. "A lot of times a person coming from addiction, that's all they want is a pat on the back, hold on, everything is gonna be alright."
Neighbors in the Westhaven neighborhood, like Lynnette Tozer, also can't understand. "Why, why here? In this nice neighborhood, nice quiet, low crime, I can't imagine why anyone would pick this area."