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A statement from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., on the June 16 killing of Tamara Seidle, coordinator of religious education in Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park
Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M.

Our minds cannot fathom the horror that transpired when Tamara Seidle was shot and killed in front of her own seven-year old daughter on Tuesday morning in Asbury Park. Such senseless and tragic violence has become all too commonplace in society. 

Tamara had been such a pillar of faith within the community of Mother of Mercy Parish. The broken hearts of all those who knew her and worked with her, both in the parish and across the Diocese, are struggling with unimaginable and inconsolable grief at her loss. 

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I join the parish, as well as Tamara's friends and family, in prayer for her and her nine children at this difficult time.

May the Lord Jesus welcome her into his heavenly kingdom.

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