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Man found dead in Kennedale church parking lot

A 20-year-old man was found dead in a Kennedale church parking lot Wednesday morning, the first homicide in the city since 2009 when three members of a family were found dead in a burning house across the street from the church.

A passing motorist called 911 at 7:05 a.m. to report seeing the body at Life Fellowship Church, 611 N. Little School Road, Kennedale police Capt. Darrell Hull said.

When officers arrived, they found the man shot in the head, Hull said. No weapons were found and there was no unaccounted-for vehicle in the parking lot, he said.

The man’s name had not been released by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office by late Thursday.

“The pastor of the church arrived, and he didn’t believe the man was a member of the church,” Hull said.

In the 2009 case, John Hummel fatally beat and stabbed his pregnant wife before killing his disabled father-in-law and 5-year-old daughter. Hummel then set their house at 600 Little School Road ablaze. Hummel, now 39, has been on Texas’ Death Row since 2011.

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