Wife of 2nd church shooting victim speaks out


by WHAS11


Posted on September 9, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 10 at 7:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- University Hospital officials confirmed the second victim in a deadly church shooting, Marvin Fisher, died from his injuries. His wife, Candace Fisher says she finds comfort knowing her husband has found peace.

“We were actually glad that he had passed because, he no longer was in any type of pain, and knowing that side of the pain was gone for us too.”

Hospital officials said Fisher died Sunday morning after being shot Thursday at a homeowner’s association meeting at Springdale Community Church.

Mahmoud Hindi is charged with the deadly shooting that already left 73-year-old David Merritt dead. Merritt was the president of the homeowners association.

“I believe he blamed my husband and Dave Merritt, because they were in the forefront. Every time they had to go to court my husband and David Merritt went to represent the community,” Candace Fisher said.

Fisher was a retired banker who served in the army. Fisher was also on the homeowner’s association board for 10 years.

“He was the man all my friends wished was their husbands, because they knew how good he was to me,” Candace said.

Candace describes her husband as a very positive man. She says Marvin didn’t take Hindi’s previous threats seriously, “He had been threatening people saying ‘I got a gun,’ and Marvin just laughed it off saying, ‘He’s just all talk. He’s not going to do anything about it.’”

Candace says the last few days have seemed unreal. She remembers rushing to the church and seeing police car after police car and being told to return home.

“I came home and waited and waited and waited,” Candace said. She says she waited to hear her husband’s voice on the phone telling her he was alive, but that call never came.

“I’ll always remember him in my heart,” Candace said.    

A memorial service will take place Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Hurstbourne Christian Church at 601 Nottingham Pkwy, Louisville, KY. Candace is asking those who come to wear bright colors to honor her husband’s life.

Hindi has pleaded not guilty even though police said he confessed to the crime. Hindi could now be facing a second murder charge. According to the Commonwealth's Office any added charges will not happen until Hindi is indicted. Once a second murder charge is added this case will become eligible for the death penalty.