December 13 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Prayers were said at Cromer church today, Sunday, for local councillor Keith Johnson and his wife Andrea - a week after their double shotgun deaths.
Last Sunday afternoon Mr Johnson, the 58-year-old leader of North Norfolk District Council, shot his 44-year-old wife dead before turning the gun on himself.
At the two morning services at the parish church today there were prayers for the couple, said the vicar of Cromer Canon Dr David Court.
“We had some short prayers for those most affected by the tragedy of last Sunday, particularly friends, family and neighbours,” he added.
He had also spent time with “a few individuals” during the week.
“People are still trying to make sense of it,” said Dr Court.
Others had dropped into the church during the week to light candles in a prayer chapel which has a picture of the couple under a cross. A retired minister was also on hand for anyone who wanted to talk, added the vicar.
Investigations are ongoing into the double shooting, which used a shotgun owned by Mrs Johnson, who worked in the town’s Homebase store, but had been off sick.
It came just a day after Mr Johnson, a local councillor for 28 years, helped out at a Christmas market in the town. The couple were also out together, and chatting happily, at the preview evening of Waitrose’s new North Walsham store on the Wednesday night.
Tomorrow night is the first meeting of Cromer Town Council where Mr Johnson was also a member and former mayor. And on Thursday there is a reconvened meeting of the district council cabinet, postponed from the day after the deaths.
Mr Johnson was also secretary of the Anglian Combination football league, whose teams were invited to hold silent tributes before weekend matches.