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Slain Pastor's Friends Share Their Memories

Donald Domineck

It was just over a week ago that the Rev. Dr. William Schooler was shot and killed near the end of worship services at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton. Schooler, who was 70, was reportedly shot by his brother Daniel after a long-running dispute over some property and other assets. Daniel Schooler has pleaded not guilty to the crime.

The church where Rev. Schooler was killed was founded by his father, and another brother also served as pastor before he took over just a few years ago. He was a 1963 graduate of Dunbar High School and earned the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. He married his high school sweet heart, Helen, and together they raised three daughters. Schooler was also the president of the Dayton Baptist Pastors and Minister’s Union.

Rev. Schooler’s memorial service on Thursday brought many family and community members out to honor the slain pastor, and this week WYSO spoke to several friends and colleagues about Schooler's life.

In this interview for WYSO Weekend, we hear from Donald Domineck Jr. Born in Dayton, he's now an area leader for the New Black Panther Party and says Schooler influenced the way he looks at community leadership.

Then we'll hear from Ras Calhoun, who says his relationship with Schooler was more than a friendship.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.