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Ohio minister slain at Covington funeral

CINCINNATI — A day after a Cincinnati church's minister was killed in a Kentucky shooting, members held Sunday services without the Rev. Donald Fairbanks Sr.

Fairbanks was killed Saturday morning while attending a funeral in Northern Kentucky. A church deacon attending with Fairbanks was wounded by the gunman, police said.

Fairbanks, 62, had been pastor of New St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church for more than two decades, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Church members gathered Sunday to pray for his family and that of Dowdell Cobb, who was wounded in the shooting outside Ninth Street Baptist Church in Covington.

Fairbanks' stepson, the Rev. Ronald Glover, led the Sunday services, and called for forgiveness.

"I have to forgive. Justice will be served. Vengeance is not mine, but it is the Lord's," Glover said from the pulpit. Glover said he has forgiven the alleged shooter.

Fairbanks and Cobb were shot just before 11 a.m. on Saturday, police said. The gunman chased Fairbanks to a nearby park, where he shot him a second time, The Enquirer reported.

Frederick L. Davis, of Covington, quickly surrendered to police and was charged with murder, first degree assault, criminal mischief and violating an emergency protection order. He was being held without bail in Kenton County jail and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Fairbanks was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where he died. Cobb is recovering at University Hospital.

Last year, Fairbanks filed a complaint accusing Davis of making a threatening phone call to his wife, records showed. Davis, 40, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in October 2007, and a judge sentenced him to a year probation and ordered him to stay away from Fairbanks and New St. Paul Baptist Church.

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