GIG HARBOR – Tacoma police are expected to reveal today the motive of a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy who killed his in-laws and himself Friday night at his home near Gig Harbor.
Investigators canvassed the scene for the third day in the row and are constructing a timeline of the night Allen Myron, 49, shot Monty and Susan Multanen to death, Tacoma police spokeswoman Gretchen Aguirre said.
Members of Fox Island Alliance Church gathered early Sunday and prayed to ease the pain of Myron’s wife, Sara, and her family.
They sang prayers for comfort, and prayed silently for faith. They prayed in small groups. And they wrote messages of love and comfort on small cards to be delivered to the Myrons.
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Pastor Andy Snodgrass offered thoughts and Bible verses that had comforted him in the two days since the deadly event.
Snodgrass told his congregants that he learned the news while out of town. “Like you, I felt like my heart had been broken,” he said. Sleep, since Friday night, had been hard to come by. Many church members nodded in commiseration.
On Sunday morning, Snodgrass advised the several dozen church members present to follow the example found in the Bible’s book of Job. Job’s friends saw his suffering and sat silently with him for seven days and seven nights.
Sometimes a loving presence is better than any words, Snodgrass said.
He also advised care in speaking to the media about the Myrons, saying some answers are known only by God.
“I am not going to sit here in front of this church and talk about the details of Allen and his family,” Snodgrass said. “Be wise in what you share.”
The church members are offering prayer and organizing help. Snodgrass said there are plans to establish a donation fund and to get the Myrons back into their home. Outside the sanctuary, people could sign up to offer the Myrons any service they could.
Snodgrass told his church that faith requires remembering that God has a plan, but he won’t always share it.
“In my view, three people went to be with the Lord in a violent, horrible, terrible, unlikely, evil way,” he said. “We’re in the middle. And there’s violence in the middle. There’s inexplicable acts in the middle. There’s suffering.”
Kathleen Cooper: 253-597-8546 kathleen.cooper@ thenewstribune.com
Staff writer Joyce Chen contributed to this report.