Former Bristol minister, daughter dead in apparent murder-suicide
The Maine Department of Public Safety said Friday that two former Rhode Islanders found dead in a home were killed in an apparent murder-suicide.
A spokesman said 27-year-old Claire Randall and her 56-year-old father, Daniel Randall, formerly of Bristol, R.I. were found dead inside their home in Hebron on Thursday. Hebron is northwest of Lewiston.
State police said it appears Randall, a former pastor at First Congregational Church in Bristol and affiliated Chaplain at Roger Williams University, shot his daughter and then turned the gun on himself.
A neighbor found the bodies at the home on Marshall Pond Road at about 2 p.m. Thursday, police said. Randall's body was found inside a bathroom, and Daniel Randall’s body was found on a porch with a shotgun nearby.
The Maine Medical Examiner's Office said the younger Randall died from multiple shotgun wounds. Her father died of a single shotgun wound to the head.
Randall lived in Bristol with his wife Anita, daughters Claire and Molly and his son Gabe before moving to Maine earlier this year.
He was a pastor at First Congregational Church in Bristol for 12 years before announcing his resignation on December 2014 and serving his last Mass on Jan. 25, 2015.
Randall had completed a 90-day program at the Liberty Bay Recovery Center on Forest Avenue in Portland, Maine on Tuesday.
Police say Randall left the substance abuse center at 10 a.m. Thursday morning, purchased a shotgun, then drove home and shot and killed his daughter.
Police say he was served with divorce papers earlier in the week and left spray-painted messages to his family on multiple walls throughout the house.
Randall was a pastor at the First Parish Congregational Church in Saco, Maine in the early 1990s. While there, his previous wife Greta Randall, died in a fall at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth (she was six months pregnant at that time), according to the church's newsletter. Their son, who was born prematurely, died the following day. Greta was the biological mother of both Claire, who shot and killed, and Randall's oldest child Molly.