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A beloved Texas churchgoer was brutally shot and left for dead in her car shortly after she led a Sunday service.
A passing motorist discovered Markie McGinnis, 29, dead on Sunday afternoon inside her car in Raywood, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement.
“It appeared from the initial investigation that McGinnis had been shot several times through her driver’s side window shortly after leaving a church service in the area,” the statement reads.
She had helped lead a Sunday service at her church — Relate Community Church in Spring — that morning, ABC 13 reports. She was killed just less than half a mile away from where her parents lived.
An investigation into her murder led investigators to a Louisiana man named Henry Davis, age 24. He was arrested at his relatives’ home in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana on Wednesday morning. He has been extradited back to Texas to face a capital murder charge, Bluebonnet News reports.
It’s not clear if Davis has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. He has no criminal past.
Pastor Sean Mooney told ABC13 that McGinnis was a devout leader at the church who loved everyone.
“She never knew a stranger,” he told Bluebonnet News. “She was the brightest, sweetest thing. She was always happy and never seemed to have a bad day. She was light, bubbly and kind.”
He said that she always championed those less fortunate.
“That story was woven throughout her life of how she would stand up for the underdog,” Mooney said. “She didn’t have any enemies.”
A possible motive for the killing has not been disclosed.
Anyone who may have witnessed the killing is urged to call the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 936 336-4500.
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