The night of April 20, 2017, YCSD investigators spoke to all 38 people who were participating in the Sewcial Compassion event at the Faith and Glory Community Church when Frederick Miller was killed.

When they heard the sirens, some of the participants had exited the church's Fellowship Hall where the event was being held, but Deputy Willits had escorted them back to the Fellowship Hall and asked them to remain there until an investigator could speak to them.

The participants were asked what they had seen and heard at the church that evening.

The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.


Bethann Aaronson
Age 65
Faith and Glory Community Church member and choir member

Ms. Aaronson said that she joined the sewing event at around 8:00 p.m. following choir practice. She said that Mr. Miller, the assistant choir director, shouted more than usual. 

Ms. Aaronson said that Mr. Miller was particularly hard on the sopranos for having difficulty maintaining their part while singing “I’m Bound for the Kingdom” a capella and in four-part harmony.

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