Statement on Shooting at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church

Dr William SchoolerDr William Schooler


DAYTON, Ohio — Community Progress Institute (CPI), a Dayton-based nonprofit, will host a Prayer Vigil for the Rev. Dr. William Schooler followed by a Gun Solutions Summit on March 8, 2016 at 6PM at its offices on the 13th floor of the Kettering Tower.

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Dr. Schooler was shot and killed at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, February 28.

CPI issued a statement following the death of Dr. Schooler which said, in part:

“It has become obvious that the current regulations and enforcement of the regulations pertaining to gun violence are not sufficient and we need to come up with a better way.”


Prepared Statement

We are saddened to be here today at the site of yet another terrible act of violence. Let us pause for a moment of silence in memory of Dr. William Schooler.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the pastor, Dr. Schooler, and with the congregants of this close-knit neighborhood church.

Dr. Schooler was a key leader in the Dayton community for decades on issues that were broad in scope including everything from education to poverty to what we are here for today: gun violence.

He baptized people, he married people, he taught people, he comforted people in times of need. Now we must comfort when one our community comforters is gone.

As it has been said for millennia, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

It has become obvious that the current regulations and enforcement of the regulations pertaining to gun violence are not sufficient and we need to come up with a better way.

We at the Community Progress Institute want to be a part of that solution and work with the Dayton community to study and implement measures that can make our neighborhoods and streets safer.

That this incident took place inside a church underscores how serious the problem is. We encourage all who are similarly concerned to visit to join in the discussion of solutions. Next week on March 8 at 6PM, at our offices at the Kettering Tower, we will be hosting a Prayer Vigil and Gun Violence Solutions Summit. More information will be posted on our website in the coming days.

Thank you.

Ronnie Moreland
Director of Government Affairs
Office: 937-949-3995
Cell: 937-672-0724

Desjavae Conway-Nunez
Director of Public Affairs
Press Hotline: 937-949-3995

1 Comment on "Statement on Shooting at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church"

  1. Rest in Peace to this good brother.I use to see him at times and he always spoke to me.
    I never had the chance to visit his church,but overall I can say he tried to do a lot of good things for all the people in the city.

    On the subject of guns and violence in this city and country.Overall,I am seeing how so many are being programmed and brainwashed to commit these acts of violence from being exposed to mayhem and destruction over and over.
    If people want to prevent their kid’s from growing up and having this self destructive mentally.They need to start very early in protecting their kid’s mind’s from this excessive violence.By the time many are grown it is to late to change it,since many will say ” it’s my free will to listen and watch whatever I want to watch “

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