NJ Pastor Accused Of Stabbing Another

PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Religious leaders in northern New Jersey are shocked after a pastor was accused of stabbing another.

Authorities said the Rev. Edward Fairley stormed into a Paterson home and stabbed the Rev. Simone Shields in the face and torso while she was getting her hair done Tuesday.

Authorities said they found Fairley on the street, soaked in blood with the knife in his hand. The 59-year-old is charged with attempted murder.

Shields was in critical but stable condition.

Police told The Record newspaper the pair worked at the Koinonia and Christian Ministries that Fairley started 15 years ago.

Police also told the newspaper at some point they were in a relationship. Fairley is married and Shields is single.

It’s not clear if Fairley has retained a lawyer.

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  • yolonda

    i know both pastors but i know the victim well and i feel sorry for both i dont know what was going through pastor fairleys head on the day that changed both of their lives for ever but my prayers go out to both of them

  • Treat

    God will not continue to be mocked by us. Adultery has the same addictive qualities as any other addictive substance. Take a junkies drug of choice away and watch what happens. Both of their walks were not aligned with Gods will. They are held to a higher standard because of their position, bishops and deacons. Both of them were wrong. Both of them, as well as their family and friends, will be effected by their actions. No one will walk away from this without an emotional and physical scar that will take a long time to heal. Prayer for those who did not ask to be a part of this mess.

  • LEON

    I know the victim. She does’t weigh over 125lbs. soaking wet! He looks like he weighs a good 250lbs. or better. How can a so-called “MAN OF GOD” do something to a woman period? I bet when he goes to Trenton State Prison he’ll make somebody there that’s serving a life sentence a wonderful wife. I can’t stand a woman beater!
    I also believe in “KARMA:” this will come back to him for sure. Either directly or in-directly. Hey,it might just happen to one of his daughters’ or sons,’ thats if he has any. fake ass pastor!!!! Does he teach his followers to beat and stabb women too?

  • silkcity

    I attended this church, I end up leaving when I realized that some of his teaching and practices, weren’t lined-up with Gods word. This is for all my brothers and sisters in Christ..if the leader or leaders are not walking in accordance with Gods word, leave! pray for them, but leave! Remember, God will not be mocked! To the non-believers, I understand your comments, but your salvation is not based on someone’s walk but your confession and believing on Christ Jesus..He is the way and the truth. Love you

  • Ed


    Do you think Democrats are in it only for power and money too?

  • Mr. Armenia

    I bet his civil rights were violated.

  • Homie

    yo i bet u they were black… where are all the racist comments or all the whities and jews still sleeping with their daughter?

    • Mr. Armenia

      You so crazy, I think I want to have your baby.

  • wayne

    its called brotherly love. you cheat on me, I kill you . what is wrong with this world. it just goes to show. the bornagain “christians, ” are a joke also .
    they are only in it for money ???????? chritianity is for money and p ower. , look at most of our republician law makers. only for power and money, what a jjoke and what a shame to use the lord for power. and money.

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