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A week after celebrating their new life together as husband and wife, a Florida pastor and his new bride were fatally shot outside their home by the woman’s ex-husband. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the murder of the couple, identified by family members as Marcelline and Kerlande Racine, happened in West Palm Beach.

Their bodies were found on the sidewalk outside their home, where authorities pronounced them dead, according to police. The woman’s ex-husband, identified as 46-year-old Sony Josaphat of Palm Beach County, was arrested for the murders, according to WPTV. During his first court appearance to answer the charges, he was ordered to remain in custody in the Palm Beach County jail until his next court date in 2024.

An arrest report cited by WPTV shows that Josaphat initially fled the scene after the alleged murders but later turned himself in to the local police. He admitted “he had just killed” the couple, and their children had witnessed the act. Marcelline’s sister, who asked not to be identified, told WPTV that since her 45-year-old sister got married, “She has never been as happy as she was now.” Court records show that Josaphat and Marcelline had only finalized their divorce on Nov. 22.

Detectives learned from those who knew the couple that even though Josaphat had not lived at the home in more than a year, he “randomly shows up from time to time and has a history of being controlling.” One witness stated that the pastor and his new wife were outdoors the morning of the shooting

He was installing exterior cameras while she was getting groceries from her car. The suspect reportedly drove up and parked his car across the street from the home, then walked south through the yard. He allegedly then greeted the couple, and “after a few moments, Sony pulled out a pistol and shot” them. Marcelline and Josaphat’s adult daughter reportedly called 911, stating that her father shot her mother and stepfather. Josaphat told detectives that he was in a state of anger after learning that his ex-wife had remarried on her birthday and she “has been disrespecting him and blocked his calls.”

He alleges that he had gone to the home to take his daughter to breakfast that morning, but “He said anger took over him.” The arrest report states, “Sony said he knew what he did was wrong and has never done anything like this.” Marcelline’s sister confirmed with WPTV that her sister, who moved from Haiti 25 years ago, was a nurse practitioner, and her husband was a pastor.

Josaphat told police that since he learned of his ex-wife’s remarriage, he had not been able to sleep and was “filled him with anger,” the report said.

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