Phillip Adams: NFL Pro Murdered Five People, South Carolina Sheriff Says. 3/5 (1)

Written by on April 9, 2021

Phillip Adams is a former NFL defensive back who is accused of murdering five people, including a well-known doctor who was also a faith-based author, before dying by suicide in South Carolina on April 7, 2021.

The suspect was named by officials in a news conference.

The sheriff said in the April 8, 2021, news conference that Adams, 32, whose parents live near the scene, shot six people but five of them died. The sheriff described Dr. Robert Lesslie, one of the victims, as a “pillar of the community,” who was helpful to law enforcement over the years. He had even treated the sheriff. “He knew everyone, and he treated everyone with respect,” said the sheriff, adding that the doctor raised his family to be the same.

Dr. Lesslie wrote about moments of faith that he observed as an emergency room doctor. His family cited their Christian faith in a statement thanking the community for an outpouring of support after the deaths.

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