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Pastor's death treated as homicide, no arrests made

Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- Two men are being questioned after a local pastor was found dead in his home.

Officers stopped those men driving a car registered to Pastor David Strong.

While investigating, they found his body inside his Chattanooga home.

Right now police aren't saying why they stopped the car or how the pastor was killed. 

We do know they're treating his death as a homicide. 

"He was one of the best neighbors I have ever had," says Minnie Hewlett, neighbor.

Minnie Hewlett and her husband have lived on Glenwood Drive for over 40 years and knew David Strong well. 

"He came when you needed him and then at different times he was just fixing food and bringing it out here," says Hewlett.

Hewlett like many of her neighbors awoke to the frenzy outside Pastor Strong's home Sunday morning.

"It definitely shocked me because anybody that was that nice, I don't care what you'd ask him he would do it," says Hewlett.

A Chattanooga crime scene truck stayed parked outside the Glenwood drive home all day Sunday while investigators worked inside.

"There are a lot of interviews being conducted at this time with people of interest," says Sgt. Jerri Weary, spokesperson for the Chattanooga Police Department.

For now police are staying tight lipped about the circumstances surrounding Strong's death. 

"We don't know if this was a robbery, if it was somebody he knew he had allowed into the home. We're just not sure at this point," says Sgt. Weary.

We're told no arrests have been made, not even the two men police found driving the pastor's P.T. Cruiser. 

"I can tell you they were occupying the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. We don't know their involvement or if they are even involved in this at this point," says Sgt. Weary.

With all the unanswered questions, it seems the only thing we do know for sure is the pastor will be deeply missed by the community he served.

"You couldn't ask for a better person and that's just bad," says Hewlett.

I also tried talking to the elders and members at Strong's church. They all declined to comment saying they're too shocked by the news.

Strong had been a pastor at Saint Paul A.M.E. for more than 10 years.

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