The much anticipated toxicology reports for Pastor Zachery Tims are being withheld per the family’s request.
After nearly two months of waiting the New York’s Chief Medical Examiner will not release the results at this time.
Last week, the Director of Public Affairs at the Medical Examiner’s office told the Christian Post the results were forthcoming. Initially these results would arrive within the week.
It is unknown as to why the release of these toxicology results is withheld. Evidently Tims’ family wants to keep the information a private matter.
Medical examiner spokesperson, Ellen Borakove said in the Orlando Sentinel, “the family has expressed some concerns.” However Borakove did not say what those concerns were.
“That ‘concern’ may be the family is going to court,” said Orange-Osceola Chief Medical Examiner Jan Garavaglia.
A court order could seal those documents.
“We get that a lot,” Garavaglia said. “Don’t release this. We explain right up front that we have to release it. If you don’t want it released, you have to go to the courts.”
Phone call attempts to Tims ex-wife, Riva Tims and to New Destiny Christian Center were not returned.
Tims’ sudden death on August 12, 2011, drew speculation about a cause of death. Unresolved feelings of grief cumulated the fact of unanswered questions.
Keeping the matter private is certainly a family’s prerogative. Whatever reasons they have is primarily their business.
If Pastor Tims’ toxicology reports found narcotics in his system, it certainly should not change the impact he had on his congregation. Pastor Tims’ legacy continues in the church he built.
Bishop T.D. Jakes eulogized Tims and said, “I thought I was the only one who knew how unhappy Zach was, how broken he was, how afraid he was if anybody was to see any flaw in him. He tried hard to heal himself, to fix himself.”
In this tribute video (see attached), “Remembering Pastor Zachery Tims Jr.” the song beautifully illustrates Pastor Zach’s message.
Exemplified in “The Best in Me” by Marvin Sapp the lyrics say, “He saw the best in me, when everyone else around me could only see, the worst in me. He saw the best in me. See, He is mine and I am His. It doesn’t matter what I did. He only sees me for who I am.”
For no man is perfect. All fall short, that is why all of us are in need of a savior. This Savior is found in Jesus Christ. Pastor Zach may have been an imperfect man but God saw the best in him.