Church shooting victim described as leader, 'pastor' of Islanders

John Hacker

One of the victims in Sunday's shooting at a Neosho church was a friend to the hundreds of Micronesian immigrants who have come to Neosho over the years.??

Larry Zuniga, 42, Neosho, said he had been friends with Kernal Rehobson, a leader of this group of worshippers, for about 15 years. Zuniga said he worked with Rehobson at Wal-Mart.??

"He was an immaculate person," Zuniga said. "I've known his whole family for years. He and I both used to be drinkers and we both found the Lord at the same time."??

Zuniga said Rehobson ran a Micronesian store out of his house in Goodman, providing food for luaus held by the Island community in Neosho to celebrate events such as first birthdays, weddings and others.??Zuniga said the community used the First Congregational Church for worship services while it searched for a permanent home.??

"Kernal was responsible for the Islanders," Zuniga said. " He was like a pastor for this church. Anything that happened with anyone in the community, he was the one they always called."??

Zuniga said the church used to meet at Rehobson's Goodman home.??

"There are no words to describe this," Zuniga said. "He was a great friend."