Terri Bevers won’t watch her three children grow up. On Monday, April 18, the Dallas-based boot camp instructor, 45, was murdered in a church in Midlothian, Texas by a man wearing SWAT gear. According to police, participants in Bevers’ morning exercise class made the grisly discovery in the Creekside Church of Christ at around 5 a.m. when they showed up for her Camp Gladiator.
The church’s surveillance cameras captured a man roaming around the building at around 4 a.m., just an hour before Bevers’ unresponsive body was found. In a Monday, April 18 press conference, Police Chief Carl Smith told reporters the suspect was dressed in SWAT-team tactical gear, including a helmet, gloves and a vest featuring a police patch.
The mother of three daughters — ages 15, 13, and 8 —last advertised the class date and time online via Facebook, CBS DFW reported. In a comment she wrote: “Goodnight all, I have to be up @3:30am. See u bright and early.”
“This is not kind of your routine burglary. I don’t want to say anything’s routine, but if somebody’s going to try to go to burglarize a business, they’re going to get in and get out and try to grab as much stuff as they can and then leave,” attorney and former police officer Pete Schulte told CBS DFW.
Investigators found multiple signs of forced entry — and broken glass — but nothing was taken from the church. “It’s just an odd random situation that they would actually happen to come into a building that was being burglarized on a Monday morning,” Midlothian Police Chief Smith said during Monday’s press conference. “This is an extremely unusual situation for the city of Midlothian. We have a very safe community. In fact, it’s going to be the first event of my tenure in almost 10 years. Nothing like this has happened before.
Bevers’ grief-stricken husband, Brandon, opened up to Fox 4 KDFW. “She was a very passionate about transforming people’s lives, physically and mentally,” he said. “She transformed herself into a very fit person and her desire was to do that for others.”
He continued: “I pray that whoever did this would be caught. And I pray for all of the people who cared so much about my wife.”
The Dallas County medical examiner will determine Bevers’ cause of death, but Midlothian Police Captain John Spann said she had suffered “obvious trauma,” WFAA8 ABC reported.
If you have any information, please contact Midlothian police at 972-775-3333 or Ellis County Crime Stoppers at 972-937-7297.
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