EAST BRIDGEWATER (CBS) – On any typical Sunday, Fred Medina would be filming the service at the United Methodist Church in East Bridgewater.
This week, there was an empty space in the back of the church where he usually stood.
“Today was that time. It was that realization that he’s gone,” said parishioner Dan Shuman.
Medina, 52, died tragically Thursday night. Police allege that Donald Rudolph killed his sister Caylin, his mother Paula and her boyfriend, Medina, in their Weymouth home.
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Medina’s absence was palpable Sunday morning at the parish where he was a member for 30 years.
Sunday’s sermon was about Medina and had the congregation in tears.
“Even though we need to live through the grief we can get through it,” said Shuman. “Fred would want us to move on and love each other. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
They are mourning his death by keeping his memory alive.
Sunday churchgoers talked about his childlike enthusiasm and passionate faith.
“He was more like a kid himself,” said Howard Wilbur. “It seemed like he was caught in a time warp.”
“He was so energetic. He’d run to his car and jump down the stairs,” said Caroline Kalen.
“The way he read from the bible, it all came from his heart,” said Roberta Wilbur.
Members say they will eventually plan a memorial for Medina at the church.