MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — More than 200 people gathered for a prayer vigil outside the northern Indiana furniture factory where police say a man fatally shot his estranged wife and her co-worker before killing himself.
Pastors and the victims’ families spoke to the crowd Thursday evening at Jordan Manufacturing Co. in Monticello. Musicians performed hymns and mourners lit candles in memory of Delia Gonzalez, 43, of Monon and Augustin Oliver, 42, of Logansport.
Israel Rogel, 42, of Wolcott, was lying in wait outside the factory for Gonzalez and shot her and Oliver inside a car when they returned Tuesday from a midday break, the White County sheriff said.
White County court records show that Gonzalez had obtained a protective order against Rogel last month, accusing him of threatening her life at least three times in June, the Herald Journal reported. One instance cited by Gonzalez was that Rogel followed and cornered her in a restroom at the factory.
Gonzalez filed for divorce in June, about 13 months after the couple married. Court records show Rogel pleaded guilty in 2011 to domestic battery charges that he struck Gonzalez in the face with his fist and slammed her arm in a door. Rogel was placed on probation and ordered to complete domestic violence counseling.
Oliver’s mother asked mourners to pray for Rogel’s family, saying they were also in pain.
Sylvia Aguilar, a friend of Oliver’s sister, said he was a good father who constantly made her and others laugh. She said the turnout for the prayer vigil was comforting to the family.
“Their pain, it’s not going to go away but just for them to have support from everybody I think it’s going to be a lot easier for them to go through this,” Aguilar told WLFI-TV
The Jordan Manufacturing plant makes patio furniture, umbrellas, cushions and pet beds in the city about 25 miles north of Lafayette.
Company President Dave Jordan said the community support had been helpful.
“I hope this causes our community to come together and grow,” Jordan said.