Justice Served for markmc753 (murdered THR member)


September 16, 2009, 04:14 PM
Updated Information on Shooting Range Murder:

The first defendent in the first degree murder and robbery of Pastor Mark McCalla was found guilty 2 weeks ago in West Virginia. The actual trigger man goes on trial December 7. Both were army deserters from Fort Drumm. The ATF, FBI and local law enforcement did an outstanding job in finding these hoodlums and bringing them to justice.

They shot my brother in the head with an AK47 they stole from Ft. Drumm. Mark's two stolen rifles were never recovered but they had his handgun in their possession when they were picked up at the Greyhound bus station in Columbus.



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September 16, 2009, 04:19 PM
Well my prayers still go out to you and your family for your loss. Thanks for the update glad to hear justice is being served.

September 16, 2009, 08:03 PM
Wow, I just read through the entire chronology and am saddened beyond belief for the McCalla family. This is a tragedy of immense proportion. My thoughts and prayers go to those who were irrevocably ruined by these merciless thugs.

Larry Ashcraft
September 16, 2009, 08:23 PM
Thank you for the update. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family in these trying times. May your brother rest in peace.

I'll sticky this thread for a few days, at least until it becomes invisible.

September 17, 2009, 12:00 AM
my heart just sank reading this. My condolences and glad they found who did it.

September 17, 2009, 12:03 AM
It's different when you guys become real.

September 17, 2009, 10:29 AM
My condolences to you and your family. I can see if he had a fighting chance but he didn't even have that. I hope they get what they deserve and more.

September 17, 2009, 11:29 PM
I hope that your family finds peace and comfort as these men face their time in prison....for good I pray.

September 17, 2009, 11:54 PM
I can barely stand to read the story.
I am sorry for your loss.
The only consolation the rest of us have is that they actually caught these sociopaths.

September 18, 2009, 12:39 AM
Condolences to you and your family...Glad they got 'em...

September 18, 2009, 01:21 AM
Glad to hear these guys are getting their day in court. This is just an awful thing.

My club is a "dry" range with a clearing barrel and signs posted all over. I still have a hard time not carrying a BUG when I shoot for just this reason. Strangers with guns scare the crap out of me.

September 18, 2009, 01:37 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. Please keep us updated on any further updates.

September 18, 2009, 01:39 AM
I'm really sorry this happened. I hope the trial brings you some peace of mind.

September 19, 2009, 10:44 AM
I am deeply saddened by your loss. Glad they caught them, but it probably doesn't make you feel much better. May God give you peace and strength during this time.

September 19, 2009, 06:08 PM
I'm one to give credit where due: The LEOs involved in the investigation did a stellar job, and good on them for it.

Once again I'm sorry for your loss.

September 19, 2009, 10:10 PM
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that these two being brought to justice will bring your family some closure.

September 19, 2009, 10:17 PM
Thanks for the update. I think about this tragedy every once in a while when talking to people about local ranges. My thoughts go out to you and your family.

The ninety year sentence is a bit light in my opinion. Scum like these guys deserve no mercy from the legal system.

4v50 Gary
September 20, 2009, 11:57 AM
My condolences and thank you for the update.

September 20, 2009, 12:59 PM
Prayers for you and your family!

September 20, 2009, 04:16 PM
Wow, just wow.

The kind of act described here isn't one of circumstance, pre-meditation, delusion or any sort of reason I can begin to even think of. This is just a case of impulsiveness and a complete lack of care for humanity of the worst case on so many levels. I personally do not care what kind of sentence these individuals receive be it death or life imprisonment as long as they are never allowed to walk freely amongst the population the earth again for surely that will lead to more deaths of this senseless nature.

I can only offer that I am sure your brother being a preacher helped many people. I would hope that in the years to come the legacy of your brother as a man devoted to the betterment of humanity through the word God outlives the story of the senseless way in which he was killed. I hope you and your family the best at this difficult time.

September 20, 2009, 04:22 PM
I had just met Mark by chance on this forum. We had exchanged a few PMs on things of little importance but he struck me as a very decent guy. I was saddened deeply by what had happened to him. I believe our God is a just Father and the animals that killed him will receive what they deserve whether or not our meager justice system gets ahold of them. I am still glad they will be put behind bars where they belong.
I pray that God will bless Mark and his family in all they do.

Thank you for the update.

September 20, 2009, 08:47 PM
You have my deepest condolences.
I'm glad justice is being served out as it should be

September 20, 2009, 09:22 PM
Very tragic.

Hoot Gibson
September 21, 2009, 12:57 PM
Sorry he didn't get the death penalty...or at least life with no parole.

Marlin 45 carbine
September 21, 2009, 01:04 PM
sorry for the loss to you and your folks.
is there a lesson to be learned from this incident?
I say yes - don't take anything for granted around guns.

September 21, 2009, 05:31 PM
I am so sorry for your loss, but am confident that the killers will spend a dreadful time in prison in WV and in hell for the hereafter.

Thank you for updating us on the case.

September 21, 2009, 09:34 PM
Im sure they will spend a good time in leavenworth. As someone who has had a family member murdered, I understand, however, there is no amount of punishment they can receive that will feel just. I feel very dearly for your loss, as everyone on THR does. Hopefully in time those woulds will heal. Things like this only serve to make us stronger.

September 22, 2009, 07:51 AM
I live in Idaho now but I grew up near that range in West Virginia (Wayne County). My family knew the pastor. That was sad. I hope the guys that did that get whats coming to them.

September 22, 2009, 09:16 PM
My prayers go out to you and your family. I hope your pain fades into the warm and loving memories that made your brother's life so special.


September 23, 2009, 01:27 AM
I find it terrible that they are still able to walk the face of this earth, be it free or not. I cannot help but wish that they may they burn in hell for all eternity. The article makes me want to throw up, and I cannot even describe the anger I get.

I can only hope that justice will bring Stephen Wilson his due punishment in December.

September 23, 2009, 08:40 PM
The thought never occurred to me, until reading this tragic thread, that someone bent on committing a crime would consider a gun range an excellent place to load up on guns and ammo. Right place (responsibly exercising his rights) + wrong time = tragic ending. I doubt he had any idea something was coming his way.

Tropical Buzz
September 23, 2009, 08:59 PM
The perpetrators being caught and brought to justice should hopefully provide some closure and a small measure of comfort to you and your family.

Now that they are being dealt with, forget about them to the greatest extent possible. They are not worth more than the passing acknowledgement that they will face the music for their crime.

Leave them to burn and focus your attention inward - on your family and close friends and use your collective strength to help each other heal and recover.

Thanks for sharing with us and all the best to you and yours.

September 23, 2009, 09:10 PM
wow. its sad there are people like that out there. sorry for your loss.

September 24, 2009, 05:36 AM
A very dispicable act. This crime has been followed on a militarycorruption website.
In days of old justice was swift and it came from an end of a rope.

September 24, 2009, 09:10 AM
My family and I would like to express our sorrow for your family's loss.
As stated several times already, it's good to know that these...
:cuss::cuss::cuss::cuss::cuss::cuss::cuss::cuss: scumbags will be rotting in a jail cell on the day that my great-grandkids are born.
Actually, I'd prefer to use guys like these two for some live target ballistics testing, but hey, that's just me.

Again, our sincerest apologies.
effengee and the rest of the family

September 24, 2009, 02:05 PM
The thought never occurred to me, until reading this tragic thread, that someone bent on committing a crime would consider a gun range an excellent place to load up on guns and ammo. Right place (responsibly exercising his rights) + wrong time = tragic ending. I doubt he had any idea something was coming his way.

I was once at an informal range in the mountains with a buddy and we had two suspicious guys roll up in their pick-up and watch us. We kept an eye on them as I began policing the brass tarp and my friend packing up the guns we had fired. One of the meth-looking types got out and began loading up a shotgun on his tailgate and asked if "we were out of ammo yet?" That was a "what the hell?!?" type question given his current activity.

I calmly pulled out my Commander that I carry and only practice with at my formal range, and said, "All except for this one." I snicked the thumb safety off in full view of him and eyeballed him all of the way back to my truck and told my friend to drive, which I never do. We backed out some distance rather than turn tail to them. They gave me the heebie jeebies something fierce.

The only time in my life I have ever "brandished," and I don't regret it at all.

Never run dry at an informal range.

September 24, 2009, 08:45 PM
These guys should be shot exactly like their victim was. There should be eye for an eye justice for scum bags like this.

September 25, 2009, 11:02 AM
This truly saddens me. My condolences and my prayers go out to you and your family.

As someone above me said, do not waste your time or energy on these individuals. Focus on God, your family and your friends, for they are the ones that matter.

September 26, 2009, 06:44 AM
I'm very sorry for your loss. This past year must have been incredibly difficult for you and your family. Hopefully, the upcoming trial will be swift and the outcome just.

September 27, 2009, 12:49 AM

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September 27, 2009, 08:59 PM
Our condolences. May your family heal quickly and remember the good of the man you lost.

September 27, 2009, 09:34 PM
I don't have the words to express how sad this makes me. May your family find some peace in the fact the men who did this are in jail.

Archery Ham
September 28, 2009, 10:04 AM
Those thugs are not sorry for what the did, they are sorry they got caught.

Most prisoners do not like pedophiles.....and I am hoping preacher-killers too.

September 28, 2009, 10:32 AM

I'm deeply sorry for your loss. Words fail me, truly.

I'm praying for your entire family. May the Comforter be there to dry your eyes and bring you all peace and closure.

September 28, 2009, 11:31 AM
My condolences, sir. As a professional correctional sergeant, I can tell you there are some religous inmates who will take a man killing a preacher as a serious offense. Usually the ones who joke and laugh on the outside are the first to whine and cry on the inside.
The thing that STILL gets me is the "showing remorse" thing - most criminals are actors as well, to be able to lie thier way out of things, and they can show all the "remorse" you want, unless they don't feel like it. Thugs like this care not one whit about what anyone else feels, it isn't important to them.
The Good Lord bless you, and keep you safe, amen.

Mr. Ed
September 28, 2009, 12:06 PM
May GOD bless your family with HIS peace, and I pray that you will be able to imagine the huge celebration for your brother on his arrival with HIM.
I also pray that his messages and efforts will not be forgotten by those of us who are still dealing with the leftovers of those who will not stop working against our rights.

Bill Clinton yesterday "the Democrats haven't taken on the gun lobby like I did."

September 28, 2009, 05:13 PM
My condolences go out to you and your family. My condolences go out to all who have been gunned down by those who do not deserve freedom. The world we live in today...There are no words to describe this situation and the times we live in...The times we live in.... :(

September 29, 2009, 05:01 PM
Condolences to you and your family i am so sorry to hear of your loss.

October 28, 2009, 06:53 AM
Bill Clinton yesterday "the Democrats haven't taken on the gun lobby like I did."

He voted for Clinton, as a side note. Just thought it was funny. Thanks for all the condolences everyone, I'm sure as the next trial comes in in a month this topic will get re-hashed. Good to know so many people are pulling for the family.

Actually, I'd prefer to use guys like these two for some live target ballistics testing, but hey, that's just me.

That's very kind of you. :)
Hope my username doesn't offend anyone, seeing as I now own a 360pd and a K-31 I might be a long term user of this forum. I figured the best honor to dad would be to use his username (almost).

October 28, 2009, 09:16 AM
My condolences to you and your family.

This being WV was this a DNR range?

We had one close to me that was closed back in the Spring due to safety concerns. I'd wondered a few times about crime up there. It was remote and unpatrolled.

October 28, 2009, 09:25 PM
I'm not entirely sure. I would have to check whether or not it was, I don't believe the DNR had anything to do with the investigation, and the land was owned by the Corps of engineers.

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