Twin killings stun members of Hope LCMS, Hastings
Three suspects in murder of LCMS couple are Concordia Academy seniors
Members of Hope Lutheran Church, Hastings, Minnesota, were plunged into grief following an October 8 double murder of a couple who belonged to their congregation.
Peter and Patricia Niedere, active members of Hope Church, a congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), were gunned down at the site of the auto glass business they owned in Hastings.
After the bodies of the Niederes were discovered, suspicion quickly turned to their 17-year-old son, Matthew, and his friend, 17-year-old Clayton Keister. Both boys are seniors at Concordia Academy, an LCMS-operated high school.
Days later, a third Concordia student, Jamie Patton, 18, was also named as a suspect.
After the Saturday afternoon double homicide, teenagers were seen running from the site of the murders. Police received information that led them to believe the couple’s son, and Keister, were those individuals.
A witness gave local police a license plate number, which led authorities to Niedere and Keister, who were arrested later on Saturday at a home in Blaine, Minnesota.
Hastings police chief Mike McMenomy said it seemed clear that the slayings were calculated and not an accident.
The Rev. John Strohschein, Hope’s pastor, conducted the double funeral for the victims on October 14.
Like his parents, Matthew Niedere was significantly in-volved in the life of Hope Lutheran. He has been a part of the youth group and participated in Bible study at Hope.
In addition, he and Clayton Keister have been actively involved in student life at Concordia Academy.