Katelyn Self, a 26-year-old North Carolina sheriff’s deputy who was killed along with her sister-in-law by her depressed Christian father hours after they had worshiped together at church on May 20, was celebrated Sunday in a memorial service where the man she was engaged to wed mourned her as the first woman who ever loved him unconditionally.
“There’s not many people in here that know me really well … To this day, so far in my life. Kate is the only woman who has accepted me for exactly what I am,” said Katelyn’s fiancé Alex Burns inside the First Assembly of God in Gastonia. Her family, friends and colleagues from the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office, where she had worked for four years, had gathered.
“She never wanted me to be anything different. It was what it was and I am who I am and she loved every bit of it. … There is a greater plan. A better plan that is bigger than mine that I know I don’t understand,” the Gastonia police officer continued as he struggled to remain composed.
If he could learn to love others the way Katelyn loved him, Burns said “I would have done something.”
Katelyn was killed on May 20 when her father, Roger Self, a 62-year-old North Carolina businessman and “icon” of his community, intentionally rammed his vehicle through the front of a Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City where his family had been dining. Katelyn’s sister in law, Amanda Self, 35, whose funeral took place a week earlier, was also killed. Roger Self’s wife Diane, 53, was also injured along with other members of his family.
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SOURCE: Christian Post