Jesus wept.

Six church members, including a married couple, are in custody, accused of a brutal assault on two of the couple’s children that left one dead and another severely injured, according to law enforcement officials.

New Hartford, N.Y., police say Bruce and Deborah Leonard, along with four fellow churchgoers, fatally beat Lucas Leonard, 19, inside the Word of Life Church.

NPR’s Joel Rose tells our Newscast Unit that police say the beatings appear to have taken place during a meeting where the brothers were to ask forgiveness for their sins.

“Police say the brutal beatings occurred inside the Word of Life Church in New Hartford, New York. Police Chief Michael Inserra says they were part of what church members describe as a “counseling session” that turned physical.

… http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/14/448699761/2-brothers-beaten-1-killed-allegedly-by-their-parents-and-fellow-churchgoers

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