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Matthew Lee Richards faces five counts of attempted murder and one count of arson with risk of bodily harm, the Shawnee Police Department said in a news release. Firefighters and police in Shawnee, a city about 10 miles southwest of Kansas City, Missouri, were called at 3:47 a.m. to a disturbance and house fire. Firefighters arrived and quickly put out a fire in the basement. Seven people, including Richards, were taken to hospital. Police said the victims were his wife, a 19-year-old adult child and four minor children. Police said they all suffered “injuries of varying severity.” The 19-year-old and two minor children were treated and released from the hospital. His wife and two other children remain in the hospital, according to police. No motive was given. Richards has been a youth pastor at Crossroads Christian Church in Shawnee since 2016. He is described as a “big kid who loves teaching little kids about Jesus” and has been married to his wife since 2003, his biography said. “He and his family have three rules: 1. Love God 2. Love People 3. Love Sports (especially the Jayhawks and Sporting KC),” the bio said.
Matthew Lee Richards is 41 years old.
The church’s senior pastor, Curt Whitten, issued a statement about the situation on Facebook. “We are aware of the situation involving our children’s pastor Matt Richards. We are gathering more information and will have a full statement at a later date. Please be respectful of this situation, as it is still an ongoing investigation. Please join us in praying for the family,” Whitten wrote. Richards during this time.” “Due to the sensitive nature of this situation, we will not be live streaming Sunday services.” The normally quiet neighborhood was buzzing with fire crews followed by police detectives and crime scene investigators throughout the day Saturday. “It’s sad to know that we saw these kids playing in their driveway with their families. My dad is walking the kids down the street with the dogs,” neighbor Jennifer Egerman told ABC affiliate KMBC. Richards is also a seventh-grade English teacher at Christ Prep Academy, the Shawnee Mission Post reported. One of his children recently graduated while three of them are currently attending school, his staff bio said. He previously taught at schools in Austria and Dallas, Texas. As of Sunday morning, the bio has been deleted. Richards is in the Johnson County Jail on a $5 million bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon, records show.