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Shooting suspect's pastor reacts to arrest

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No one can really say why Earnest Moore walked into a Memphis police station Sunday morning and surrendered.

"We knew Earnest, we saw him on a consistent basis," said Pastor H. L. Edwards, or Merge Church.

Pastor Edwards spent time with Moore and Nicole Luke, Moore's girlfriend.

"It hurts when someone that you spend time with hurts," said Pastor Edwards.

"Spent time with him a couple of times, just out eating, just talking about relationships , talking about what their future plans were."

A heated argument between Nicole Luke and Earnest Moore on Friday, ended in the most violent of ways at the Brick Haven apartment complex.

Within seconds, police say Moore shot his girlfriend and her 14 year old twins inside the apartment, then shot Luke's 15 year old daughter outside the apartment.

Moore then disappeared barefoot into the woods.

"Earnest was a guy that we loved on, he loved us. you know he just made a really bad decision and for that we are very regretful. but our hearts go out to Nicole and the kids, because, again, you hate to see thing like that happen," said Pastor Edwards.

He says Nicole Luke's faith will carry her through.

"I've been able to see Nicole on a couple of occasions, and right now our biggest concern is for her kids. She want to make sure everything is well with them. She's recuperating, she's in a lot of pain, but the great thing about it is she still has her faith in God.

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