Authorities eye ties to church minister’s Oct. 1 slaying

PELHAM, N.H. — The day a gunman opened fire during a wedding ceremony at the New England Pentecostal Ministries was the same day the church was to host a funeral service for a pastor of the church who was murdered less than two weeks prior.

Police said 60-year-old Luis Garcia of Manchester was allegedly shot in the neck inside a home on Ridgemont Drive in Londonderry by Brandon Castiglione, 24, of Manchester on Oct. 1, according to The Associated Press.

The death took place inside the home of 60-year-old Mark Castiglione, who is Brandon Castiglione’s father, as well as the groom of Saturday morning’s wedding at the New England Pentecostal Ministries.

Mark Castiglione was injured when he was struck in the head with an unidentified object during Saturday’s violence. He was treated at a hospital and released. The bride-to-be, Claire McMullen, 60, was shot in the arm by the church gunman, 37-year-old Dale Holloway. McMullen was listed in good condition at an area hospital.

During a press conference for Saturday’s church shooting, Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark said the wedding took place before Garcia’s funeral, scheduled to begin at noon. Garcia’s “celebration of life” service was canceled as a result of the shooting.

When questioned by the media if Holloway’s attack was related to Garcia’s death, Roark said it is unclear and the case remains under investigation.

Police charged Brandon Castiglione with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting Garcia. Garcia’s family said he knew the Castigliones and that he had been doing painting work at their Londonderry home.

This is not the first time Brandon Castiglione has been in trouble with the law. The 24-year-old has been convicted of seven crimes, according to court records, and most are related to drugs.

Garcia’s family also said Garcia had been trying to help Brandon Castiglione before his death and that they do not know what happened the day of the shooting.

According to Garcia’s Oct. 7 obituary, the pastor was a married father and grandfather.

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Source:: Boston Herald


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