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Monday, December 3, 2012

Coudersport Music Teacher Jailed On First Degree Murder Charge

Teacher Charged With First Degree Murder

 Gregory Lynn Eldred
 Gregory Lynn Eldred, 52, of 447 Dutch Hill Road, Coudersport, PA, is in Potter County Jail without bail today on charges of First Degree Murder in the fatal shooting of his ex-wife in the First Presbyterian Church of Coudersport Sunday morning.

Trooper David A.Surra, of the Pennsylvania State Police, arraigned Eldred before On-Call District Judge Delores Weiss at 11:00 pm Sunday night. He is charged with:

Eldred was remanded to the Potter County Jail to await a Preliminary Hearing before District Judge Annette L. Easton tentatively scheduled for December 6 at 1:00 PM. The charges are not eligible for bail. Eldred is represented by Wellsboro Attorney William A. Hebe, Esq.
Darlene J. Sitler

Witnesses say Eldred entered the church located at Main & 4th Street in Coudersport thru a side door and fired two shots striking his ex-wife, 53 year old Darlene J. Sitler, and killing her instantly The killing took place at 11:22 am during the church service while Sitler played the piano, in front of the entire congregation.

Church members reportedly subdued Eldred until police were able to take him into custody. Potter County Coroner Kevin J. Dusenbury, Sr., pronounced the victim dead at 12:15 PM.

One of Eldred's neighbors reported that police had been to his house last week and carried out guns, computers, and cell phones. No motive for the killing has been released by police at this time.

Eldred taught Music K-4, Lessons 5-6 and Elementary Band at the Coudersport Elementary School and has outstanding credentials.

Eldred graduated from Bald-Eagle Nittany H. S. in Mill Hall, Pa. where he was a member of their Atlantic Coast Champion "Panther" Marching Band. He also was an all-state band member. While at Indiana University of Pa., he was the lead alto saxophone player for the Mellowmen Jazz Ensemble and the Ten O'Clock Jazz Band. He was also the principal clarinet player for the orchestra, wind ensemble, and symphonic band.

He also performed in the saxophone quartet, woodwind quintet,the IUP Marching Band and the Rhine Valley Dixieland Band. After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from IUP, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Army Band of NYC. While in NYC, he studied clarinet with David Glazer of the New York Woodwind Quintet at Mannes College of Music. During the same time period, he studied with Leon Russianoff at the Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He received the Army Commendation Award for Distinguished Service as a clarinet soloist with the Army Band of NYC. 

Eldred has taught music in the Coudersport School District since 1986. Since that time, he has earned a MEQ in Music Ed. He holds graduate certificates in all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk from Mansfield University and a Kodaly Method Level 1 from Duquesne University. He has completed 2 levels of band instrument repair from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. 

He is currently principal clarinet for the Southern Tier Symphony, Olean Community Orchestra and Wellsville Performing Arts Orchestra and plays saxophone in several community ensembles. 

Pennsylvania State Police at Coudersport was assisted by Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson, Austin, Police, Coudersport Police, Sweden Twonship Police, PSP Emporium, PSP Mansfield, PSP Montoursville and the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept and Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance.





78 comments :

Anonymous said...

Who really give a &!#@$ what this guy has accomplished in his past a murder is a murder and i do believe he should have other charges brought against him as well.I mean there where kids who seen this go down how sick does one get? I'm hoping we hear about her past accomplishments and how much of a wonderful person she was may her soul rest in piece may god guide her family throw this and let there be light on the church and it's followers may god be with the ones who subdued him if it wasn't for your quick thinking things could have been much worse my hat is off to you,you are all hero's in my book and i thank you for keeping everyone else safe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am disgusted that this article celebrates this vile man's accomplishments in life after he has so horribly changed the lives of so many in committing cold-blooded murder.

Anonymous said...

Holly Cow! I'm so sorry for both of these people and I haven't a clue who either one are. all i can think of is that show Snapped.

Anonymous said...

You left out (from Coudersport's website) that he was a gun enthusiast and a bow/rifle hunter. This reads more like HIS obit than hers.

How about this: He was an obsessed mentally ill stalker who brutally murdered an innocent, gentle woman who patiently taught children to sing and play music.

He needs to go away. Thank God this did not take place at her school.

Anonymous said...

Where dose the EVIL STOP!!!
Prayers go out to Darlene, Her Family and Friends, Church congreation, our Law enforcement and emergency crews. May GOD Bless each of them. Sincerely, Sadden heart

Anonymous said...

My sympathy to both of the families who are struggling through this tragedy.

Anonymous said...

What I want to know is if they took his computer guns and cell phone last week, was he still teaching our children? Evidently this had been building up. The legal system probably gave his ex-wife a piece of paper(PFA) so that she could throw it at him if he came after her.

Anonymous said...

two Potter County schools have lost tremendous musical talent in these two people. I can say that I had Mr Eldred as my band and music teacher when in elementary school, something like this is a shocker when you know this person had some impact in your early life. my daughter had the pleasure of Ms.Sitler's presence when she was selected for Band Fest last year that was held @ Northern Potter school. the whole county needs to come together and grieve for both of these people as Mr. Eldred's life as we know it is over now too because of his reckless actions.

Tom said...

I'm looking forward to the write-ups in the various local publications about the victim, her achievements, and what we as a community lost to yet another senseless act of violence. To often, we are inundated with everything under the sun about the perpetrator and the victim becomes an aside. Let's honor those that deserve to be honored and make the scathing an aside for once.

Anonymous said...

Instead of listing off his achievments. Why dont you list off hers. She is after all the deceased victim.

Anonymous said...

I really don't care about the man's credentials. It's all meaningless. He's nothing more than a murderer. His resume is now worthless. I don't think he'll be looking for work.

Anonymous said...

Please, Please pray for all the students involved in both schools. There is no logical explanation you can provide to a young mind for these actions. This is tragic for all involved. For all the lives they have touched as teachers, the same will be true of the number of lives this will also touch.
Please pray for the students involved.

Anonymous said...

It is a shame that we give every accomplishment that a murderer has, but not one mention of anything about the victim... It definitely shows where our society stands...

Anonymous said...

There are no words. Things just don't happen like this is quaint little country towns. Much sympathy to the victims family. Very sad & very tragic. This parrish will never forget this senceless act of violence. May he NEVER again see the light of day,except behind bars & a fence!

Anonymous said...

Police seizing his computer suggests he was into something else other than just threatening his ex-wife. Also, I believe he was dismissed from his position as a teacher on Friday the same day the police confiscated his computer and other items.

Pipolota said...

I agree with many comments on here already.... Take his accomplishments off. I don't care about them. Put hers up instead.

Anonymous said...

what a disgusting example of reporting. A beautiful life lost and you focus on giving this &@$!@#$ all this attention. I say remove this reporting from your blog!!!

Anonymous said...

I knew this man, he was a good church going man who would not have done this.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Ms. Sitler's background and accomplishments were reported in a previous article at 7:51 pm when police released her identity. The link on her name will take you to that article which says in part:
Sitler was the Music Director at Northern Potter School. She was hired in 1982 as the elementary music teacher. Sitler presently taught K–6 music classes, instrumental/band, vocal/chorus, and music technology. She had earned certificates in three levels of Orff Schulwerk, a total approach to fostering creativity and conveying musical knowledge and skills, and received her master’s degree in elementary education. Sitler also serves as the District 2 East Elementary Festival Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

Sitler was a 1981 graduate of Lebanon Valley College where she was a member of the Girls’ Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chapel Choir, College Choir, and the Symphonic, Marching, and Concert Bands. And, she was an accompanist for campus recitals and an active member of the LVC student MENC chapter.

Sitler played the horn in the Wellsville (N.Y.) Performing Arts Orchestra, and served as organist and choir director for the First Presbyterian Church in Coudersport. Sitler was recently recognized by her colleagues when they nominated her as a Yale Distinguished Music Educator in 2011.

Anonymous said...

Jim, you don't have to answer to anonymous people that troll your blog... I'd like to see you shut Solomons down for a week and see if people can function with anonymous misspelled teenage angst...

Anonymous said...

... and even after all these accomplishments, successes and accolaides, he made the CHOICE to commit homicide, in front of an entire church, rather than to face the adversity of failure and move forward like a man. Every day in this world we are all faced with failure, it is how you face these times that molds your character and writes your legacy. At the end of the day, everything written in this article about his successes in life will take a HUGE DISTANT second place to his real legacy....he is a MURDERER.

Anonymous said...

He is still innocent until proven guilty.

Anonymous said...

Don't like the article/website? Don't visit it.

Don't like what happened Sunday? Volenteer to educate and assist prevention groups on things like this.

Anonymous said...

I already volunteer, I already have dedicated my life to the youth of our town to try and make a difference in their lives and to help pick up the pieces every time something senseless like this tears them apart. Please stop taking the time to educate me on what I should be doing in order to have an opinion, I have spent my time holding broken kids, trying to help them make sense of horrible things. I don't wear blinders, I am aware of the horror that is around us and I choose to stand in the gap to try and help our kids handle unspeakable things.

Anonymous said...

11:53 I think people are kind of in shock still. If it were a meth addict or someone with a continued history of violence people would be outraged that it wasn't prevented but when a life long generally normal person suddenly decides to do something like this it is hard to point a finger and blame someone else for his actions.

Psychological screening, backround checks, prevention groups etc. would likely all be useless in this case so why point fingers in that direction?

Did he get a raw deal in the divorce? If so this is something to look into. It is the responsibility of the system to be fair so people don't turn to vigilante justice out of frustration but saying that is just more (probably inaccurate) speculation.

Anonymous said...

Murder has found our peaceful Potter County once again. We get a sense of safety living in this area. But we always need to remember tragedy can happen anywhere at anytime. Prayers go out the family of the victim and to the church goers. This will take time to get Potter County back it's sense of security. But please don't ever forget, unfortunately we live in a dangerous world these days when attending church isn't even safe anymore. It's a shame.

Anonymous said...

What she would like to see us do is sing, play are music! Honor her by showing what she did leave behind!

Anonymous said...

Wait ur anonymous but ur complaining about the same thing?

Anonymous said...

you know it make me wounder if he was on drugs
you cant trust half of are teachers anymore i feel that paying school taxes teachers should be tested for drugs for god half of them hang out at bars.bus drivers have to do it what about are teachers
prayers

Anonymous said...

He wasn't a very good church goer 11:21 a.m.He just broke the #1 commandment.Though shall not kill!Now he will spend his afterlife,which should come soon with the chair or lethal injection.With his spirit burning in the pits of hell!

Anonymous said...

post Monday, December 3, 2012 11:21:00 AM EST AND POST

Monday, December 3, 2012 11:44:00 AM EST
people seen it WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HE DID IT AT CHURCH

Anonymous said...

12:23:00 PM EST People get raw deals in divorce all the time but they don't walk into Sunday church and kill the ex.

Anonymous said...

11:21:00 AM EST But he did.

Anonymous said...

My kids had him. He always struck me as a whack job.

Anonymous said...

Prayers for all involved in this terrible tragedy. And for the poster that stated that children saw it, get your facts straight or keep your mouth shut (should say fingers idle) there were no children present when this happened.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the Potter County D.A does the victims family and the community justice and give this animal the death penalty!

Anonymous said...

I must say reading down through these comments makes my heart heavy. I DID personally know the victim, she was a gift to our society. I did not know the coward and I am glad I didn't, for anyone to remark that "he is innocent until proven guilty" is totally absurd to me. He is GUILTY, as for reading his accomplishments in life, frankly it sickens me. I don't care what he did, it is what he has done now. He has taken life from a wonderful person and affected a community. Broken hundreds of hearts and most of them, being children. He does not deserve any recognition for his accomplishments to be listed, because after yesterday the man doesn't deserve the life he was given. I will continue to pray for all effected. RIP Ms. Sitler .. heaven gained a beautiful angel

Anonymous said...

Post 11:44, You have got to be kidding. There are several people who's lives will never be the same, knowing HE IS GUILTY !!! And so he was a church going man. Hanging out in a garage, for instance, doesn't make you a mechanic. Think about that !! He needs to fry!!!!!!!!!!!!! Totally pre-meditated. God Bless the victim & her family. And truely, his credentials don't mean nothin' now!! But good job in your reporting, Jim!!

Anonymous said...

While I agree on the notion of "innocent until proven guilty", I would say that this part is not part of the equation any longer as he did this in front of many people in the church. They did a fantastic job last night of putting Darlene's accomplishments and while I understand everyone's distaste for publishing Mr. Elded's accomplishments, just look at it and think about what he has thrown away with this vile act. He was not always this person and he was respected and loved by the children that he taught. People do vile things that are so out of character from the person that you know that it is difficult to even fathom how something like this could happen. Now is the time that people need to come together and support the children in both schools that have been changed by this event. Both Elementary buildings have children who will suffer from this horrid event. Think of those children and the family members who are left stunned by this turn of events.
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Anonymous said...

While I agree on the notion of "innocent until proven guilty", I would say that this part is not part of the equation any longer as he did this in front of many people in the church. They did a fantastic job last night of putting Darlene's accomplishments and while I understand everyone's distaste for publishing Mr. Elded's accomplishments, just look at it and think about what he has thrown away with this vile act. He was not always this person and he was respected and loved by the children that he taught. People do vile things that are so out of character from the person that you know that it is difficult to even fathom how something like this could happen. Now is the time that people need to come together and support the children in both schools that have been changed by this event. Both Elementary buildings have children who will suffer from this horrid event. Think of those children and the family members who are left stunned by this turn of events.

Anonymous said...

To 2:10:00 PM EST:

You are correct, people saw it. I don't know how many witnessed it but I can assume it was more than half a dozen. They witnessed a horrible, tragic incident. But the poster at 11:44:00 AM EST is ALSO correct. Mr. Eldred is legally innocent until proven guilty...."in a court of law" I believe is how it's stated. So, until the trial is completed & the judge bangs the gavel on his verdict, he is only the "alleged" murderer. That's the way it works. So, 2:10:00 PM EST, maybe you should refrain from smelling too much coffee as it seems to make you a bit tense. After all, you ARE posting in all caps.

Anonymous said...

The purpose of putting his accomplishments in is to show how anyone can do something like this. It's to show that even someone with all of these credentials is capable of this horrific act. It's not to praise him. My thoughts and prayers go to the families and the witnesses.

Common Sense said...

he was taken into custody at the scene of the crime by eyewitnesses to the crime. pretty sure he's guilty.

Anonymous said...

I do not think it is appropriate to extol the accolades of the perpetrator (I do not say alleged b/c, while yes, innocent until proven guilty, there is no denying that he pulled the trigger). I appreciate that Darlene's accolades were presented prior to this posting. However, that does not excuse the poor judgement that was used in the litany of accomplishments that were posted here in regards to the perpetrator's previous actions.

To the poster at 2:00 pm I am not in the habit of ridiculing the poor grammar, misspellings and incoherent rantings that are frequently posted in the comments on this blog. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. However, as an educator in another school district, I take extreme exception to what you posted (in case you do not understand my large and correctly spelled words, what I mean is: I am a teacher, and I find what you posted to be ignorant, spelled wrong and most of it barley makes sense). Teachers are legally allowed to partake in legal beverages and enjoy the company of friends in local establishments, just as mechanics, police officers, mayors, cashiers and any one else over the age of 21. Certainly, there are those individuals who have an addiction and need help in overcoming that. But, I do not understand what your point was. Teachers do certainly have a moral obligation to set a good example and behave in a way that reflects that; however why should teachers be held to a different standard than anybody else in the community? To say "i feel that paying school taxes teachers should be tested for drugs for god half of them hang out at bars" reflects your ignorance and I feel for the teachers who tried to educate your sorry behind.

I know people who feel parents should be drug tested before they are allowed to have children that I and my colleagues will have to try to educate while working against broken homes, parents who can't be bothered to read and talk to their children, children without proper food and clothing, children who are parked in front of a tv for the first 5 years of their lives. I pay taxes too and I feel if you collect a government check you should be expected to perform a government job. If you get "welfare" it should come with a drug test and a shovel. If you have a disability that doesn't allow you to do manual labor then I am sure there is something we can find for you to do. There certainly are extreme cases in which people can not work, I'm happy to help you and believe that is what disability really is for.

However, I do not paint all parents with that same brush. I understand that there are many parents out there doing the best they can with what they have. I understand that we have the welfare system for a reason. My family needed help when I was a young child. That is what the system is for. I think that it is ridiculous to treat all teachers (or half as you state) as lazy, self serving, alcoholics and drug addicts. What happened was a horrific tragedy carried out by one person. All teachers should not be lumped together with this one person. Please remember that the victim was also a teacher; a teacher who dedicated her life to bringing the beauty of music to children in a small, rural school.

Anonymous said...

I think its important for us to know his background because its a reminder that its not just people who look like they would do it but anyone is capable of becoming a monster.

Anonymous said...

Kudos and dildines to the teacher who commented at 5:14. I am not a teacher (and can "barley" spell some words), but that comment at 5:14 made a lot of sense to me. So again, kudos and dildines for talling it like it is!

Anonymous said...

who care's about the poor grammar
for god some one was killed what did post
Monday, December 3, 2012 2:00:00 PM EST
hit a nerve
OUCH you must be one of those bad teachers to post all that crap
we all should be praying for each for both Family's
who care's what people
Type
prayers

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to not only the victim but also the children whom they both taught. What this man did was terrible. And also please pray for the police and EMS and fire personel for dealing with the aftermath.

Anonymous said...

As a former student of Darlene Sitler, it breaks my heart to hear about this horrible tragedy. She will be greatly missed by friends,family and the children she worked with daily. May prayers go out to everyone who knew her. Celebrate her life with music, the one thing she loved!!!

Anonymous said...

I felt the same way when i read this article,that i dont think anyone really cares about his achievements,so why go on and on about it!Then i was thinking later,that it DOES just go to show that it doesnt matter how much you have achieved in life,how good of a name you have,or how many people love and respect you.You WERE all this,but now your just a (MURDERER),and the sad thing is,that there are others that are the same,that can hide it so well.Its very scary.

Anonymous said...

why dont our own school district have to inform parents of a lock down in ther school which i understand took place on fri.when all this took place coudy school board should be proud to keep it quiet

Anonymous said...

I read all the postings as well as the previous comments. There is no denying that what happened was terrible. Here is the more important question, WHY. Why did all this happen? Motives, reasons,etc. What I read in those blog postings was that something terrible happened between two highly educated, wonderful people. But NONE of us knows WHY. Why perform such unspeakable acts in such a unusual place for acts of extreme violence? After all the reporting that was done on this topic, one fact remains, none of us knows the series of events that ultimately lead to this tragedy. My heart goes out to all those who's lives are forever changed by Sunday morning's events.

Anonymous said...

To the teacher who posted at 5:14 pm this was very well said. As a parent, community member and friend to many teachers I wholeheartedly support every teacher who chooses to spend their time with my child and any other child to give them a better education than what most would get at home. Seriously, most children spend more time with their teachers than they do with their parents and families because todays society requires everyone in the household to work. Todays teachers are raising our children and doing a damn good job for the most part (based on what they have to work with). For some teachers it is very hard to try and educate a child during the day, see the progress that has been made and then see them go home to an empty house or a parent or parents who don't give a damn what they do or what they say. That is what is wrong with todays society. Some parents need to get a grip and get involved with their childs life. As one posted above two lives have been lost and a lot of others wounded because of this tragedy. I had the priveledge of meeting the victim during a school event and she was a very kind and sweet lady (may she rest in peace). As for the killer-may he get what he deserves and justice be served. Tough to teach our children right from wrong when this happens but we must stand strong and form a union and support one another.

Anonymous said...

Ditto of post 3:57

Anonymous said...

he would come into my place of employment almost every night and bought some food. he was never friendly and always had this creepy look in his eyes, we hated to wait on him. cant say i was superised to hear it was him yesterday..my heart goes out to the victim and her family and my community as well!

Not A Teacher said...

Gotta say, Post 2:00, you didn't make much sence. And you wrote as if you were under some sort of influence yourself !!

Anonymous said...

To the teacher who posted at 5:14, well spoken. You make a very valid point.

Aimee said...

The way I read this article is that he was a very accomplished person (as was she from what I read in the other article) and that we should all be aware that something like this could happen to any of us if the right/wrong circumstances develop around us and we don't recognize we need help, seek help, have a support system of friends, not really sure what went wrong. My point is that this isn't a case of someone being troubled their whole life and finally acting on it. I think this is a case of something changing that brought it all on. Not justifying it. Just trying to make people realize that we are all susceptible, so please don't judge. Yes, support the victim(s) families (including those who witnessed what happened), but we also we need to evaluate how a very sucessful person that was also (at least seemed) very gentle and patient could end up doing this.

Anonymous said...

I need some answers from somebody. This whole thing has really alarmed me. I have a few questions I would like somebody to try and answer in this post.

I knew Mr. Eldred because I worked in his school and in his classroom. I worked with a student who needed extra help. Mr. Eldred always struck me as being "odd." His voice was reminiscent of Ben Stein in Ferris Bueler's Day off, ("Beuler?? Beuler??") He had a very expressionless, melancholy demeanor about him that matched his voice tone. He seemed very eccentric to say the least. Frankly, I felt he had very poor classroom management skills. Can't say we were buddies, but I was slightly aquatinted with him. What is so ironic is that when I heard a Coudersport elementary school teacher killed his wife, my first thought was "That music teacher." Go figure. No, I never pegged him as a killer--but if ever a teacher was going to "snap" I felt it would be him. Don't get me wrong. He always treated me kindly and with respect. But we never had any personal conversations. Just all professional/student oriented matters, and he seemed like a loner.

All that being said, on the other hand, I felt he was passionate about music and he was extremely talented. Furthermore, I also think he planted seeds in 1000's of kids that helped them bud into future musicians (some of whom I know). I think the credentials being posted was not to glorify him, but to remind us that "murderers" are not always low IQ, talentless street bums--but can be those who many see as authority figures. My heart goes out to his innocent family, who must be devastated that he did this and now have to live with this mess he created.

I did not know his wife at all. In fact, I was surprised to learn he was even married (I knew him in 2009-2010, and just on a professional level). Again, I thought he was a loner. The first thing I noticed was he didn't have a wedding band. I saw his school profile and noticed he lived with his "cat." I learned today his divorce was finalized in April 2010, which was the same year I knew him. He never mentioned his wife, but he was still technically "married" at the time (although probably separated).

All this being said, I have a few questions for those who know Mr. Eldred.

1.) Is there any truth to him being fired from Coudersport schools last week? If "Yes," then "Why?"

2.) Is there any truth to the police taking computers, cell phones, items from his home (as this article says), or is this just rumor? If "yes," then "Why?"

(bear in mind, law enforcement may not do that unless they have a search warrant, and the only way they get a search warrant is if they have evidence that a crime was committed (i.e. child porn, terroristic texts/emails, etc.) Not saying he did either--just saying that would be probable cause for the seizure of property.)

3.) If there were computers, cells phones, guns removed, there had to be a legal reason. Why?

4.) How long was Mr. Eldred married to Darlene Sitler?

5.) What were the circumstances around their divorce?

6.) Did Darlene know something "secret" about him that would make him want to keep her quiet?

Does anybody know any information about these questions? Again, I am shocked that a man I was acquainted with did this. May justice be served and may God give all those involved peace. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I understand why many are chagrined to read any recognition of Mr. Eldred's accomplishments. I also understand that it is important to recognize that no amount of personal accomplishment or promotion is sure to keep one from destructive thoughts and actions.
I agree with the 6:57 poster that it is appropriate to honor the memory of Ms. Sitler with music. However, it is very evident from her life and events that her love encompassed her students, colleagues, faith family, and Lord.
Clearly her fulfillment in these things is a stark contrast to the one who took these things from her. While it was a despicable act, it is not our call to condemn Mr. Eldred's "spirit burning in the pits of hell" for breaking the (#6) commandment. Such a fate would be far worse than any temporary harm he designed to carry our on Ms. Sitler who, according to her faith, is in the presence of her Lord and Savior.
Who hasn't broken the #1 commandment, "Have no other gods before Me."? The moment we elevate our opinion of ourselves over His, we are making ourselves gods. Each of us, including Mr. Eldred, are in need of the grace and confidence that Ms. Sitler had through her Lord.
What hope is there in the human condition apart from forgiveness, love and grace like this?

Anonymous said...

To clarify the 10:26 comment, divine (and even human) forgiveness does not necessarily remove consequence. May the justice system have wisdom and equity in fulfilling their responsibility toward all affected by this atrocity.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers to the victims family and to the students that she instructed and interacted with.
For this to occur in a church just proves that evil is taking over our world and we are truly living in end times.
May justice be swift and true.

Anonymous said...

I knew Greg Eldred in high school. We were in the band together, we graduated together. We even went to the Senior Ball together. He was the most laid-back, mild-mannered guy, with a great sense of humor. I would really like to know what happened to set Greg off like this. May God have mercy on his soul.

I, too, am a teacher, and it was very disheartening to me to see all of Greg's accomplishments, realizing that his life has changed forever.

Anonymous said...

This blog sucks. I am no longer going to waste my time.

Dustin Stafford said...

I think this is just sad.i feel for both her families and his.i feel for her students as well as his.this is tragic .cities and small towns alike both show the evil of man.it seems like most mass shootings. and sad situations like this are in small towns..most. highly televised kidnapping cases and violent killings are in small towns .but we do know that they come together and support their communitys.we are no different .we should. fight less on here and comfort more...my prayer go out to the community of coudersport

Anonymous said...

Darlene would be so embarrassed to have everyone talking about her. She was an amazing person, wonderful teacher, incredible musican, but also very private. Leave the police to do their job and please stop speculating.

Anonymous said...

To the 2:00 post, LOSER! You must be a public school failure. The hard working teachers I know are too underpaid to deal with the B.S. from the community. They work their butts off only to be blamed if test scores are not up to par. It is not only their "job" to educate but what about the "parents"? In their minds they get free childcare so they don't have to step up and take responsibility. I DARE you to sit in a classroom for a day and watch what goes on and see what the teachers are up against!!

Anonymous said...

Ms. Silter you will be greatly missed as a terrific teacher with a heart of gold. Lots of great memories. May you Rest In Peace.

Anonymous said...

To the person who said "he is still innocent until proven guilty" REALLY??? Multiple persons WITNESSED the murder. Case closed. Go hug a tree and sing Kumbah-ya. And take off your rose-colored glasses. A beautiful woman was gunned down by an insane coward.

Anonymous said...

12:22am Good! see ya!

Anonymous said...

Who really gives a s#$% what this man accomplished. I could care less, this SOB took an innocent life, in god's house, none the less. He should fry. It makes me sick knowing that I have to work everyday to worry if I am going to be able to support my wife and kids, and this sick sob gets to eat better than we do, have access to recreational activities, all while we that work pay for it. What he did is totally wrong, and he should pay big time, instead he will live the rest of his life, unlike Ms.Sitler. This a$$%&#@ should only be able to see the light of day for one hour a week, if that.

Anonymous said...

2:44 on the 3er of dec. are son had him to. he always struck use to as a whack job two.

Anonymous said...

She must have really did something to piss him off.

kewkew said...

Why in the world did this post need to center on HIS accomplishments?? How ridiculous!!! There is more information about this murderer than about the incident or Mrs. Sitler. This is in such poor taste. He shouldn't be getting all this attention.

Anonymous said...

the northern potter shcool district should be commended for there involvement the coudersport school district can even acknowledge that there students may be suffering also

Anonymous said...

Sure Coudy can acknowledge it, by telling teachers to keep their mouths shut and finally sending home terribly written letters home with their students.
They always try to hide things from the public. I think it's time for the community to question what's going on in that school!

Anonymous said...

Mr Eldred was on prayer chains for his health quite a few times in the past couple of years as he had internal problems. Can't help but wonder if this had something to do with his brain and his thinking as the health problems could have done this? The normal Mr. Eldred was an very mild manored kind person who was pleasant to be around..It was in the last couple of years he became locked in after his divorce and his health problems which were severe! Just wondering if anyone considered this??

seriously?... said...

to the previous post@ 12/3 7:26--Really? it doesn't matter why "It" did this, the reasons or excuses It has...It chose to murder a defenselss woman as she palyed music and cause terror to the WITNESSES. A reason why is not going to provide an excuse. "It" chose to be a destructive murderous monster and "It" deserves the death penalty because I would prefer my taxes don't support "Its" life and comfort- and for the previous poster who inferred that this monster is a good man and you knew him- you need to seriously re-evaluate your judgement on who it is you consider to be "good" because your post is offensive to humanity and the victims of "Its" choice to murder and terrorize. Think about it.