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Father of Six Accused of Killing Wife, Pastor and Neighbor Remains at Large

December 6, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Father of Six Accused of Killing Wife, Pastor and Neighbor Remains at Large Image courtesy of nbcmiami.com

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A father of six in Florida is the subject of a manhunt for allegedly killing his wife, a neighbor and a local pastor on Thursday.

Amber-Avalos (Wife) - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Amber-Avalos (Wife) – Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

According to police, Andres (Andy) Avalos was last seen near the Bayshore Baptist Church in Bradenton, where pastor James Battle was found dead.

James Battle - image courtesy of nydailynews.com

James Battle – image courtesy of nydailynews.com

The suspect’s vehicle, a gold SUV, was found at a nearby Walmart on Thursday night, Dave Bristow of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office told the Daily News, but the suspect remains at large.

Four schools were on lockdown Thursday, fearing Avalos would try to pick up any of his six kids, Bristow said, however schools were open on Friday.

“Those children. That’s the tragedy,” said Elwin “Karp” Carpenter, a church deacon.

The bodies of Avalos’ wife Amber, 33, and neighbor Denise Potter, 45, were found in the same Bradenton home on Thursday afternoon.

Denise Potter - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Denise Potter – Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Battle had met with Andy Avalos face-to-face in the church courtyard moments before the pastor was killed, Sheriff Brad Steube said.

“The pastor saw this coming,” he told the Bradenton Herald.

Battle was married with two young children.

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