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Shock: deacon stabbed to death at halfway house

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/04/17

Words fail.


A devout Catholic deacon was stabbed to death at a Long Island halfway house where he worked for decades trying to help those living on society’s margins, police and friends said Saturday. The violence unfolded Friday night at around 10:20 p.m., when Andre Patton, a resident of the home, Anthony House in Roosevelt, attacked deacon Patrick Logsdon, and then fled, Nassau County police said. Responding officers found Logsdon, 70, unresponsive in a pool of blood, with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials, who said it was unclear what sparked the senseless violence. Logsdon worked at Anthony House for more than 30 years and dedicated his life to coaching the thousands of ex-cons who cycled through the home and elsewhere, his friends said. “He would talk to incarcerated men maybe seven times a day at half-hour a clip,” said Jim Pfeifer, 60, who worked at the home with Logsdon for four years — and was married to his wife by the deacon. “The top of that house right there is a study, a little place he went to pray, and he must’ve gone up there five times a day to meditate, pray. The guy owned nothing. Slept on the floor.” Another pal, Robert Auricchio, choked back tears as he remembered the charitable legacy of “Deacon Pat.” “He was the kindest, most unselfish man of amazing faith and humility and charity,” said Auricchio, 57. “He gave his whole life for that ministry to give all these poor guys that were in prison for such a long time [a new life].

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Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him…

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