TENNESSEE: Death at Devotional

It was a devout family, and happy in its devotion. The father, Gordon Roberts, 21, was a student at a Seventh-day Adventist college in Madison, Tenn., planned to become a missionary. The mother, Trannie Roberts, 20, also went to the college, worked nights as nurse in an Adventist hospital. Each day, at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Gordon and Trannie Roberts held family devotional, cradling their infant son Larry while 2½-year-old Philip Roberts joined in the prayers and sang simple hymns.

Late one afternoon last week, Gordon and Trannie Roberts, with their...