A small community outside of Houston, Texas is reeling following a tragic double murder-suicide committed by a former pastor and non-profit founder and CEO.
On Tuesday, February 11th, the 53-year-old Sugar Land, TX resident, Richard Logan, was found dead 160 miles away from his hometown outside of an environmental consulting company.
Authorities were notified of the presence of the dead body, and upon arrival, they discovered the deceased Logan along with the gun he used to kill himself.
After discovering the body, San Marcos police reached out to officers in Sugar Land to perform a welfare check at Logan’s house. When no one responded to their requests for entry, the officers forced their way into the home.
It was there that they found the dead bodies of Logan’s wife, 48-year-old Diana Logan, as well as their 11-year-old son, Aaron. Both died of gunshot wounds from the same gun Richard Logan used to take his own life.
The deceased are survived by the couple’s daughter, Ambrielle, who is currently in her final year at Texas State University in San Marcos.
In a statement released by the Sugar Land Police Department, it was later revealed that after shooting his wife and son, Logan traveled to San Marcos where he assaulted his adult daughter by choking her out.
It is unknown why he ended the attack, but it was shortly after that he took his own life.
Authorities confirmed that Logan murdered his wife and son sometime over the weekend of February 8th-9th. The family’s pastor at River Pointe Church said he last saw them alive on Saturday around 5 p.m.
Officials believe Logan tried strangling Ambrielle Monday evening (Feb. 10), and then sometime between that night and Tuesday morning around 8 a.m. is when he fatally shot himself.
The news has shocked anyone familiar with Logan and his family.
Logan is still listed as the Founder, President & CEO on Attack Poverty’s website, a non-profit he created to develop under-resourced communities.
The site also has the company’s official statement following the tragedy:
“The Attack Poverty family is in shock to learn of the tragedy involving our Chief Executive Officer, Richard Logan and his family. We are cooperating with investigators and waiting for more information as we try to process this loss with our staff, volunteers, and community.”
Many mirror the company’s reaction. A fellow area pastor, Patrick Kelley, was a friend of the family for 15 years.
“We knew the Logans very, very well,” Kelley told KHOU. “I stand here in shock with everyone else who knew these precious people. I think the healing part and the direction we’ll give is to be together and voice your grief, because we have a shared grief in this case.”
Diana Logan was the sister of a WHO-TV news anchor, Dan Winters, who also expressed his sadness and shock via a Facebook post.
As of now, there is no clear indication of what caused Logan to take these actions, but police officers are continuing their ongoing investigation into the matter.