Husband of Fitness Instructor Killed Inside Texas Church Says Wife Was 'a Great Woman, a Great Wife'
Brandon Bevers said he does not believe his wife was specifically targeted by her killer
The husband of a Texas fitness instructor and mother of three killed Monday morning inside a Midlothian church, possibly by a man outfitted in tactical gear, spoke out about his wife’s slaying.
During a press conference Tuesday morning, Brandon Bevers called his late wife, 45-year-old Terri Bevers, a “Godly woman” who was “very passionate about changing people’s lives with fitness and changing their mental attitude towards their bodies and their abilities in life.”
Bevers told reporters his wife had a “substantial impact” on the lives of many of her students and her as “a great woman, a great wife, a great mother, and a great friend” who “will be missed by many people.”
Bevers added: “We are very proud of all the passion and effort she has put into so many people’s lives.”
Contacted by phone, the mourning husband tells PEOPLE he wants people to remember who his wife was and “what she represented.”
Alleged Killer Had ‘Intent to Look Like a Police Officer’
Terri Bevers was unresponsive when she was found by one of her students inside Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian at around 5 a.m. on Monday morning, just before she was scheduled to teach a class.
Police have released video footage of the suspect, who was dressed in SWAT gear and was seen on surveillance cameras at the church at about 3:50 a.m.
A police spokesman says officers arrived at the church to find broken glass and other signs of a struggle between Bevers and her alleged assailant.
In a press conference Monday, Midlothian Police Chief Carl Smith told reporters the suspect triggered the church’s motion-activated cameras, and can be seen in the footage wearing a helmet, shin guards, gloves, a tactical vest and a shirt with the word “POLICE” emblazoned across the back.
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Smith said during Monday’s press conference that the suspect “is designed to look like a police officer. His intent was to look like a police officer.”
In the video footage, the man can be seen carrying some sort of tool that police believe he may have used to gain access to the church. Nothing was reported missing from the church. Police have yet to rule out the possibility Bevers was specifically targeted by her killer.
The cameras failed to record any interaction between Bevers and her suspected murderer, police say.
Bevers told reporters Tuesday he does not believe his wife was targeted by her killer and asked that everyone watch the surveillance footage released by detectives.
“The person in the video has a very distinct walk,” Bevers explained. “There’s just a very distinct mannerism about this person that should be very apparent to somebody. I am just hoping someone either saw something or someone can recognize the mannerisms of the person in this video. It is important to us to get some closure with that.”
A $10,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.
Anyone with any information on the man’s possible identity is encouraged to call the Midlothian Police Department at (972) 775-3333.