Slain South Carolina doctor wrote of faith, life’s fragility

Authorities are trying to figure out why a former NFL player killed a doctor, 3 of his family members, and a repairman before taking his own life

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) —Authorities are trying to figure out why former NFL player Phillip Adams shot and killed a prominent South Carolina doctor, three of his family members and a repairman before taking his own life.

BACKGROUND: South Carolina mass shooting leaves 5 dead, including 2 children

Even in their grief over Wednesday’s killings of Robert Lesslie, his wife, two of their grandchildren, and a repairman who was doing work at their home, the couple’s family expressed forgiveness.

Dr. Robert Lesslie and Barbara Lesslie

The longtime physician frequently wrote in his books and blog posts about the fragility of life and a deep-seated Christian faith that guided him personally and professionally.

In one post, he wrote: “Life is uncertain. Things happen. Lives are unexpectedly changed or ended. And it happens suddenly.” A second repairman who survived is in critical condition.

9-year-old Adah Lesslie, middle right, and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie, middle left, victims who were fatally shot in South Carolina

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