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Read more The man who founded a spiritual counselling business called “spiritual Counselor” was shot dead on Monday in what Portland police said was an apparent drive-by shooting.
His death was confirmed by Portland police on Tuesday.
The Oregonian reported that the gunman was identified as Kevin Fuchs, an accountant and former accountant for the Portland City Council who also owned a restaurant.
A witness said the man’s body was found on the street in a wooded area on the city’s Northwest Side, but police have not released a motive for the killing.
A man who identified himself as a friend of Fuchs said that the accountant had recently been in an argument with his ex-wife and that the argument escalated and he was shot.
A police spokesman, Mike Marsh, said Fuchs was a pastor at the Portland Methodist Church, which is a church affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Fuchs worked for the church for 10 years and was a “guru for people who have problems,” Marsh said in a statement.
“Kevin had a passion for helping people.”
He had been in the United States on a visitor visa, according to the church’s website.
The Rev. David S. Anderson, a pastor of the United Church of Christ, told The Oregon Tribune that he had known Fuchs for 20 years.
Anderson said he had been invited to Fuchs’ church in Oregon to help with some ministry issues and that Fuchs seemed to be a good pastor.
“He was really good with people,” Anderson said.
“I can’t imagine a better person to be at that time.”
Fuchs founded the Portland Christian Centre in 1988, according a profile on its website.
He was a member of the Oregon Board of Trustees, the state’s financial regulatory body.
He held positions as the executive director of the Portland Area Conference of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a non-profit organization, and as the chief financial officer of a company that makes and sells religious-themed clothing.
Fuch was a founding member of a local branch of the American Baptist Convention, according the Oregonian.
“The church was one of the main pillars of the community, and he loved to go to church,” Anderson told the newspaper.
Fukes funeral is scheduled for Thursday in Portland.
Furchts funeral will be held at the Providence Christian Center, which has been a gathering place for many local Jehovah’s Witness congregations, the newspaper reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.