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It was a tragic case of mistaken identity. Late one night, after returning home from a church retreat, Minister Forrest Johnson thought something was terribly wrong in his home. Thinking a burglar was in the house, Minister Johnson panicked and accidentally fired a shot when he saw a shadow of a man standing just a few feet away. Minister Johnson had accidentally shot and killed his 18-year-old son, Shawn, who had stopped by to do laundry.

"Often in life, when something like this happens, we really don't know which way to go," Minister Johnson says. "I think that the first thing you have to do is look to your religious beliefs. I feel that it will get you through. My wife is still having a difficult time. However, I know that God is going to bring her through."

The first thing Minister Johnson's wife, Beverly, said to him after she heard what happened was, "I love you."

"I know he had to be hurting just like I was hurting," Beverly says.

No charges have been filed against Minister Forrest Johnson.
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Published on November 11, 2004

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