COUDERSPORT, PA – An elementary school music teacher walked into a Sunday church service and shot his ex-wife while she played the organ. He returned minutes later and shot her again to ensure she was dead.
Darlene Sitler, 53, was seated at the organ during the Sunday morning service at First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport when her ex husband, 53-year-old Gregory Eldred, walked in through a rear door behind the choir.
According to the pastor, Eldred leveled a handgun at Sitler and then shot her. Sitler fell into the organ pit as Eldred walked out of the church. Witnesses say he went to his truck in the parking lot but returned five minutes later.
Some of the congregation tried to keep Eldred from entering, but Eldred said he had to “finish this” and threatened to kill anyone who got in his way. He then walked over to his ex-wife, who was believed to still be alive, saying, “I got to see if she’s dead,” before shooting at her two more times.
Having had enough of his antics, the members of the church where finally able to subdue Eldred and take the gun away from him. Police arrived and took Eldred into custody. He is currently being held without bond on first-degree murder charges.
Eldred taught music to elementary students at the Coudersport Area School District for the past 25 years and played clarinet for the Southern Tier Symphony Orchestra. Sitler taught music at the Northern Potter Children’s School for 30 years.
The couple have been divorced since 2010, and police say it didn’t appear the couple’s divorce was related to the shooting. However, there’s a rumor goin’ round that federal investigators were at the a Coudersport school on Friday investigating Eldred for unknown reasons. If anyone has heard the details of this rumor, do tell.Tags: church, Crime, Darlene Sitler, Gregory Eldred, murder shooting, Pennsylvania, teacher