Pastor Rick Warren’s Son Matthew Commits Suicide

Pastor Rick Warren's Son Matthew Commits SuicideThe Southern California church headed by popular evangelical Pastor Rick Warren says his 27-year-old son has committed suicide. Warren’s Saddleback Valley Community Church said in a statement that Matthew Warren had struggled with mental illness and deep depression throughout his life.

‘Momentary wave of despair’

“Matthew was an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man whose sweet spirit was encouragement and comfort to many,” the statement said. “Unfortunately, he also suffered from mental illness resulting in deep depression and suicidal thoughts. Despite the best health care available, this was an illness that was never fully controlled and the emotional pain resulted in his decision to take his life.”

Warren, the author of the multimillion-selling book “The Purpose Driven Life,” said in an email to church staff that he and his wife had enjoyed a fun Friday evening with their son before Matthew Warren returned home to take his life in “a momentary wave of despair.”


‘Struggled over the years’

Over the years, Matthew Warren had been treated by America’s best doctors, had received counseling and medication and been the recipient of numerous prayers from others, his father said. Still, he struggled over the years. Despite that, he said, his son lived for another decade, during which he often reached out to help others.

The elder Warren founded Saddleback Church in 1980, according to his biography on the church website, and over the years watched it grow to 20,000 members. He gained attention that year with his invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration that year and comments he made in the aftermath of California’s Proposition 8, which overturned gay marriage.

Have you read Pastor Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life”? Do you know someone who is going through the same ordeal that Matthew Warren did?

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Ex-Navy Sniper Shot Dead At Texas Shooting Range

Ex-Navy Sniper Shot Dead At Texas Shooting RangeEddie Ray Routh of Lancaster was arraigned early Sunday on two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Chris Kyle, 38, a former U.S. Navy SEAL credited with the largest number of confirmed kills, and Chad Littlefield, 35, at the shooting range about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, North Texas.

‘Some type of mental illness’

Capt. Jason Upshaw with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office said Routh used a semi-automatic handgun, which authorities later found at his home. Upshaw said ballistics tests weren’t complete Sunday, but authorities believe the gun was used in the shootings. Upshaw declined to give any more details about the gun. Routh has not made any comments indicating what his motive may have been, Upshaw said.

Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Routh was unemployed and “may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military himself,” but he didn’t know if Routh was on any medication.


‘Decorated veteran’

The U.S. military confirmed Sunday that Routh was a corporal in the Marines, serving in active duty from 2006 to 2010. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Haiti in 2010. Kyle, a decorated veteran, wrote the best-selling book, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” detailing his 150-plus kills of insurgents from 1999 to 2009. Kyle said in his book that Iraqi insurgents had put a bounty on his head.

Bryant said the trio went to the shooting range around 3:15 p.m. Saturday. A hunting guide came across the bodies of Kyle and Littlefield around 5 p.m. and called 911. Upshaw said autopsies were still pending and he could not say how many times the men were shot or where on their bodies they were hit.

What do you think was the motive in the fatal shooting of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield? Feel free to speculate with us and type in your thoughts in the comment box below!

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