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Video shows moment South Carolina pastor tells congregation his wife died by suicide

A video has emerged of a South Carolina pastor heartbreakingly telling his congregation that his wife died by suicide, even though her family wants the investigations to remain open.

As previously reported, Mica Miller, 30, died on April 27 at Lumber River State Park.

She was found with a gunshot wound to the side of her head.

During a Sunday service at Solid Rock Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Pastor John-Paul Miller stunned worshipers with the news of his wife’s death.

According to reports from the New York Post, he said: “I got a call late last night, my wife passed away. It was self-inflicted and it was in North Carolina.”

Miller expressed the challenges his wife faced, saying, “Y’all are praying for me, my kids and everyone. Y’all knew she wasn’t doing well mentally and she needed medication that was difficult to get to her .”

He revealed Mica’s past struggles with suicidal thoughts, but still emphasized his belief in divine intervention, saying, “She fought suicide, but God took care of her and helped her through it.”

See below how Miller views his congregation:

Robeson County Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Johnson clarified that the wound was not in the back of the head, contradicting previous speculation, per PEOPLE.

Although he was not the medical examiner on duty at the time of Mica’s death, he was present at the scene.

In response to the release of information about Mica’s death by the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Facebook.

The statement assured, “Sheriff Burnis Wilkins has scheduled a meeting with Mica’s family and will release more detailed information tomorrow evening to substantiate the medical examiner’s findings.”

The pastor announced his wife’s death in church. Credit: James Brokensha Photography/Getty Images

Kenn Young, a friend of Mica, emphasized the need for thorough investigation, saying, “This needs to be at least thoroughly investigated. There needs to be some accountability here.”

According to reports from ABC 30, Mica and Miller’s relationship was reportedly strained while divorce proceedings were underway.

Prior to her death, Mica had shared a video on Facebook discussing the topic of abuse and offering advice to those in similar situations.

Court documents, as reported by the New York Post, reveal a turbulent history between Mica and Miller.

Despite a previous divorce filing and subsequent dismissal, both parties sought separate support and alimony, with Mica reportedly asking for a restraining order.

Amid the tragedy, Major Damien McLean of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office assured the public that authorities are actively investigating Mica’s death.

He stated, “Agents are in the process of gathering information from people in South and North Carolina as part of their investigation into how Miller died.”

Mica’s sister wrote on social media: “There’s been a lot of talk already, so I want to set the record straight. Our sister Mica Miller passed away yesterday. Please don’t listen to false stories being shared about her.

“Mica was a godly, joyful, loving woman who did not deserve the abuse she suffered. If you hear about this from anyone other than her family, ask, contact her siblings or parents.”

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or drop by 988lifeline.org

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