Florida church ‘devastated’ after Ghanaian pastor shoots wife dead at work
Members of the Floodgates of Heaven International Ministries are “devastated” after their Ghanaian pastor was charged with fatally shooting his wife outside her job at the Navy Federal Credit Union just two days before their fifth wedding anniversary last Tuesday in Florida.
A spokesperson for the Orlando Police Department told the Orlando Sentinel that Sylvester Ofori, 35, who leads the church and has more than 60,000 followers on social media, attacked his wife, Barbara Tommey, 27, just before 9 am near the front door of Navy Federal Credit Union on the 4600 block of Gardens Park Boulevard.
“We are all devastated. I have no words. I’m just devastated,” a representative of the church told The Christian Post on Thursday morning.
The representative said while their church has not been meeting for in-person services during the coronavirus pandemic, she “didn’t see any signs there was trouble” in their pastor’s marriage.
“I’m at a loss for words right now. I can’t even think about it,” she said, remembering the pastor’s wife as “a very beautiful person, inside and out.”
The church official noted that she did not want to share additional details regarding the couple due to the ongoing police investigation.
In a court appearance Wednesday, prosecutors told a judge that Tommey’s killing was caught on surveillance video.
“Video surveillance, which shows Mr. Ofori not only shoot his wife but then stand over her body and put additional rounds into her head,” a prosecutor noted in court, according to NBC News affiliate WESH 2.
Police Chief Orlando Rolon said at a press conference that based on the video footage “you can tell that she’s trying to get inside. Unfortunately, he shoots her outside of the establishment.”