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ELLICOTT CITY, MD - The Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn, who has often served the St. Mark's Episcopal Church community in Newport, was the victim of a fatal shooting in Ellicott City near Baltimore, MD, May 3.
The shooting occurred at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Brenda Brewington, 59, of Ellicott City, the church's administrative assistant, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rev. Kohn, 62, of Arbutus, was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she died Saturday night.
The shooter, identified later as Douglas Franklin Jones, a 56-year-old homeless man with apparent mental health problems, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a wooded area nearby, according to a spokesperson for the Howard County Police Department.
No one else was at the church at the time of the shooting.
Kohn was an affiliate professor at Loyola College in Maryland, where she had received her Ph.D. She obtained her Master's of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School and took advanced classes at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Rev. Kohn was ordained in 1994 as an Episcopal priest.
The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland issued a statement which stated that the community "is saddened beyond words" at Rev. Kohn's death.
Prior to her death, Kohn was transported to Shock Trauma and was kept on life support in critical condition to support the family intentions to provide the gift of life through organ donation.
Funeral services for Rev. Kohn will be held Tuesday, May 8, at 3 PM, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, MD.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Second Street in Newport at noon on Wednesday, May 9.