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Homewood police investigating homicide of pastor's wife

The wife of Rev. Richard Shahan, Karen, was found killed inside the couple's church-owned home in the 100 block of Hugh Circle in Homewood Tuesday. (abc3340.com)

The Homewood Police Department is{}conducting a{}homicide investigation after the wife of a local pastor was found dead inside the couple's home Tuesday.

Shortly after 11 a.m., officers responded to a report of a deceased body inside a home located at 103 Hugh Circle off of Lakeshore Drive. Upon arriving, police found the house in disarray and 52-year-old Karen Shahan dead on a couch.

The victim has since been identified as the wife of Rev. Richard Shahan, a pastor at The First Baptist Church of Birmingham, which is located a short distance behind the couple's home.

Rev. Shahan was out of town when he learned of his wife's death.

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Homewood police found 52-year-old Karen Shahan dead inside her home on Hugh Circle Tuesday. (abc3340.com)

The victim was an employee at an area Hobby Lobby and the store released a statement this afternoon regarding Shahan's death.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our employees. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family," a Hobby Lobby spokesperson stated in the release.

While detectives have yet to determine a motive, they haven't ruled out burglary. Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Homewood Police Tip Line at 205-332-6262 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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