A Unitarian Universalist congregation in Florida is working on recovery this week from the tragic shooting deaths of five of its members.
The deaths occurred Friday, December 14, 2007, when police say a man shot and killed his ex-wife, the couple’s two small children, and the ex-wife’s female partner. The man also killed himself.
The five were all members of Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, a 340-member congregation in Clearwater, Fla.
According to police reports Oliver Bernsdorff went to the apartment of Jennifer Davis, from whom he was divorced in August, and shot her and her partner, Andrea Pisanello. After that he returned to his own residence and shot and killed his and Davis’ two children, Olivia, 4, and Magnus, 2, of whom he had custody. Shortly thereafter, as police followed him down a highway, he fatally shot himself in his vehicle.
Bernsdorff, 36, was an adult education instructor for the Pinellas County School District and was studying for a doctorate in education, according to news reports. Davis, 27, and Pisanello, 53, met at church and both worked at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.