Church rocked by triple homicide seeks healing following tragic loss


CALLAHAN, Florida. – A day after a tragedy rocked members of the Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, a bereavement message was posted on the church’s website.

Church music director William Broyles has been accused of shooting dead his 57-year-old wife, 27-year-old daughter and 28-year-old son at their home in Callahan.

The message on the church’s website said Broyles had been on staff at the church for 23 years “and that was completely irrelevant.”

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“We mourn this devastating loss to the church, Bill’s remaining family and the wider community,” the post said. “We ask that you keep the members of the Broyles family, our church family and Bill himself in your prayers regarding this tragedy.”

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A prayer vigil will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

Broyles’ biography on the staff page of the church website describes him as a happily married church musician.

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The staff page says Broyles has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and has worked in the aerospace and medical device industries.

“Bill has been married for 30 years to Candace and they have three children, sons Evan and Aaron and daughter Cara, as well as three crazy Corgi puppies,” reads his bio. “In his spare time, Bill enjoys all types of outdoor activities, reworking older cars and home and garden projects.”

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A statement police said Broyles gave to investigators was redacted from his arrest report, but a paragraph in the report reads: “…William Broyles committed an act exceedingly dangerous to others, and he displayed a depraved mind without regard for human life, causing the deaths of Candace, Cara and Aaron.”

The biography notes that Broyles began studying piano and organ at an early age at Coatesville Presbyterian Church in southeastern Pennsylvania. He indicates that he has participated in marching and concert bands, orchestra, theater and vocal groups on tour.

“Bill believes that music was created by God for his glory and that the church is a witness to the grace and lordship of Jesus as our music glorifies him in worship and life,” reads the biography. .

News4JAX contacted the church’s pastor, who declined to comment.

Broyles is being held without bail at the Nassau County Jail and is on suicide watch. Leeper said there was no history of domestic issues at his home.

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