Church Members Reflect on Lynda Slocum's Murder

Lynchburg, Va - Sunday marked day three into the investigation of Lynda Slocum's murder.

Her friends are saying more about the type of person she was, and the caring spirit they say she had.

Lynda Slocum attended Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg for most of her life. Members say Slocum and her late husband, John, were cornerstones at a church that is now in mourning.

"It's been devastating, and very difficult for us to take in," said Donna Goldenberg, who attended church with Slocum.

With the news of Slocum's death still fresh on their minds, Slocum's church family is beginning the healing process.

The pew where Slocum sat every Sunday is empty this week.

"She was into every part of our church, the top of the list, she took care of everything, everyone, the love she shared was incredible," Goldenberg said.

Pastor Bill Russell has been leader of the church for eight years. When he first moved here, Slocum made him feel at home.

"Lynda was a person who did not like attention drawn to herself, but always liked to do something for somebody elseShe was one of the first people I met coming to town, cause we were trying to find out who this was that had left a loaf of bread on our front porch. She invited us over to dinner and we had a great time," said Pastor Russell.

Police say Slocum was murdered Thursday in her home on Ravenwood Drive in Lynchburg.

Holcombe Hughes knew Lynda and her late husband for more than 60 years.

He says he'll always remember Slocum's humility.

"She was a beautiful woman, on the inside, a caregiver and we'll always remember her," recalled Hughes.

Losing a friend is never easy, but to lose one this way, right before Christmas, friends say, makes it even tougher.

Donna Goldenberg says she's trying to stay positive. "I know Lynda is with John, she, she's happy," she said.

Church members say funeral arrangements are set for 11 a.m. on January 3, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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