Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, who shot dead eight people at the weekend including law enforcement officer William Durr, inset, told reporters that God will forgive him.
According to this Progressive Secular Humanist report, Godbolt said after his arrest that he had intended to commit “suicide by cop” after the shooting spree that left seven members of his family and deputy Durr dead.
My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets … Suicide by cop was my intention. I ain’t fit to live. Not after what I’ve done. Not in y’all eyes and not in nobody else’s eyes. But God, you know, He forgives you for everything.
Godbolt confessed to the crimes at the time of his arrest, and his confession was captured on video by The Clarion-Ledger‘s Therese Apel.
Authorities from multiple agencies took Godbolt into custody on East Lincoln Road in Brookhaven on Sunday morning, some seven hours after the shooting spree at three locations started. He has been charged with one count of capital murder and seven counts of first-degree murder. The identities of the seven slain in what appears to have began as domestic dispute have not yet been revealed.
Durr, married and the father of an 11-year-old son, was a two-year member of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and a four-year member of the Brookhaven Police Department.
In the aftermath of the tragedy Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement asking for prayers.
Every day, the men and women who wear the badge make some measure of sacrifice to protect and serve their communities. Too often, we lose one of our finest. I thank the law enforcement agencies involved for their hard work.
“But why pray?” asked Progressive Secular Humanist’s Michael Stone.
Wasn’t this all part of God’s plan? ‘Mysterious ways’ and all that, don’t you know. Indeed, the killer is already on his way to salvation and forgiveness, a guaranteed spot in eternity with all the other good Christians.
Because with Christianity, there is no accountability. After all, God will forgive you. All one needs to do is say some magic words, with sincere feeling of course, and all crimes and misdemeanors will be absolved, washed away by ‘the blood of Jesus’.
Bottom line: Jesus – The eternal ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card. Giving comfort and hope to mass murderers and other villains for over 2,000 years.