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Motive Still Unclear in Deadly Mo. Church Shooting

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"Liars, liars, you're all liars," Eiken Elam Saimon said, according to police, as he shot the pastor of First Congregational Church's Micronesian congregation in Neosho, Missouri. By the time police entered the church and got Saimon to drop his weapons, two other church members were dead and four were wounded.

A few hours before the shooting during Sunday afternoon services, police say, a 14-year-old female relative of Saimon had reported that he had sexually assaulted her. But police are not saying whether the abuse and the shooting are related.

"The truth is, the motive is still being developed," Newton County Prosecutor Scott Watson told The Neosho Daily News. "We're finding a different motive in the case, but it's not something that we're able to talk about at this time. … We decided talking about it would jeopardize the case."

Rural Newton County is also in the middle of a church abuse scandal involving ...

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