Family, friends gather to remember Webster County doctor killed in shooting


WEBSTER SPRINGS, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — Wednesday night, hundreds of people in Webster County gathered to honor and remember Dr. Luke Charles McElwain, a well-known doctor in the community who was shot and killed Friday in Craigsville.


The gloomy and dull weather fit the mood of many in the Webster Springs community.

McElwain’s coworkers and patients gathered to mourn the loss of the beloved doctor, father, and friend.


“He was just always friendly. He was caring. He always had a good word for everybody. He saw the best in everybody,” nurse practitioner Denise Hamrick said.

McElwain was shot and killed during a child custody exchange Friday when his ex-father-in-law shot him and then turned the gun on himself.

“We consider ourselves a family here,” Webster Memorial Hospital Dr. Chris Conrad said. “It’s tough and he’s going to be tough to replace.”

It came as a shock to the entire community. McElwain grew up in the community and dedicated his life to making it better every day.

Known to many as Doctor Luke, he is considered a hometown hero, the go-to doctor in town, and the one who made you feel at home.

Without him, a loss lingers, but the strength he leaves behind is now carried own.

His fellow doctors said they are doing whatever they can for his family. He leaves six children behind.

Daniella Hankey

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