Friday, June 3, 2022

Evangelical Jonathan Lee Whitlatch, 33, Murders His Bible Study Ex-Friend And Her Friend At Cornerstone Church Parking Lot In Ames, Iowa

Jilted lover, 33, shot dead his Iowa State University student ex-girlfriend, 22, and her friend, 21, before killing himself in parking lot outside Christian church 

A gunman in Iowa shot dead his ex-girlfriend and her friend during a domestic attack before turning the gun on himself, police have revealed. Jonathan Lee Whitlatch, 33, fatally shot, Eden Mariah Montang, 22, and Vivian Renee Flores, 21, in the parking lot outside Cornerstone Church of Armes, near Des Moines, Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald said. He blasted them with a 9MM pistol following a fallout with Montang, the local sheriff said at a Friday press conference. The attack was the latest deadly shooting to rock the US, following killings in New York, Texas, California and Oklahoma in recent weeks. Whitlatch and Montang had recently broken up and he had been harassing here, cops said. He had been charged Tuesday with harassment and impersonation of a public official. Both of these charges were related to Montang as well as a restraining order, police said. The suspect had also been awaiting trial on a charge of sexual abuse stemming from an incident last October when he twice put his hand down a woman's pants and attempted to penetrate her at a nightclub in Cedar Falls, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. The alleged victim was not Montang nor Flores. The incident was caught on surveillance cameras. Whitlatch told authorities he didn't remember much about the incident because he'd been drinking. Deposition interviews in the case were scheduled to start later this month. Nicholas Lennie, chief deputy of the Story County Sheriff's Office, said that they were aware of the charge. Fitzgerald added that he had posted bond in the domestic case and was due to appear in court on June 10. Authorities conducted a search of Whitlatch's residence after the shooting and discover ammo for the 9MM pistol that had been purchased just an hour prior to the shooting, as well as an AR-15 unrelated to the attack. Montang and Flores were attending a bible study at Cornerstone Church in Ames, where both went to Iowa State University. Source

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