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(CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn.) — A Tennessee judge ordered no bond Sunday for a 21-year-old youth pastor accused of murdering his fiancée.

Investigators believe Charles Pittman shot 21-year-old Olivia Grenlee on the campus of Union University and tried to make the incident look like a suicide. Both Pittman and Grenlee were students of the Christian university.

Grenlee was found dead in the driver’s seat of her car on Feb. 12.

Pittman was a youth and children’s minister at Providence Baptist Church, according to ABC affiliate WBBJ. The church’s reverend did not hold a service on Sunday night due to Pittman’s alleged involvement. The organization’s representatives said he was suspended pending the outcome of he case.

Reverend Randy Kellough released a statement Sunday saying the church is praying for all parties involved, WWBJ reports.

“We were deeply saddened by the news of the death of Olivia Greenlee and as a church body we are praying for the family and friends and will continue praying for them in the days ahead. We have been informed of the arrest of Charlie Pittman, our Youth and Children’s Minister. We will pray for Brother Charlie and his family and friends. At this time, we have no further comment other than to reiterate our concern for the family and friends of Olivia during this tragic loss of such an awesome, young Christian lady.”

Many students and area residents said they were shaken by the death.

“My little niece is in our youth group at church too,” said J.P. Williams, who lives in the neighborhood.  “It just bothers me. You know, you never know who’s in charge of your children.”

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