Initial post from Aledo High School Class of 2017’s Facebook page:
Ergun Caner’s 15-year-old son has apparently committed suicide. Caner is president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, as well as a well-known Christian author and Baptist minister.
Brewton-Parker released a statement consoling the Caners:
“Our hearts are filled with great sorrow as the entire Brewton-Parker College family grieves with its beloved president, Dr. Ergun Caner, his wife Jill, and Drake, their youngest son over the tragic death of their oldest son and big brother, Braxton Paige Caner. Braxton was born March 8, 1999 in Denver, Colorado. He came to faith in Christ at the tender age of 6 and was baptized by his dad at the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia,” the statement reads.
“Braxton would later reaffirm his commitment to Christ at a youth camp under the preaching of evangelist Tony Nolan. Consequently, he began traveling with his dad and sharing his faith on mission trips, evangelistic meetings, Bible conferences, and youth camps in forty-one states as well as foreign countries including Kenya, Israel, Wales, and the Bahamas. He was a member of the Willow Park Baptist Church in Aledo, Texas.
Source: Charisma News
The Evangelical Christian community erupted in collective grief Wednesday as word spread online that the beloved 15-year-old son of Ergun Caner, renowned Christian author, Baptist minister and president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, reportedly committed suicide Tuesday.
A statement released by Brewton-Parker College on the school’s website confirmed earlier reports on social media that Braxton Caner had passed, but did not say the conditions under which he died.
“Our hearts are filled with great sorrow as the entire Brewton-Parker College family grieves with its beloved President Ergun Caner, his wife, Jill, and Drake, their youngest son, over the tragic death of their oldest son and big brother, Braxton Paige Caner,” began the statement.
“Braxton was born March 8, 1999, in Denver, Colorado. He came to faith in Christ at the tender age of 6 and was baptized by his dad at the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia,” it continued.
It further described Braxton as an “energetic and outgoing” person who played the starting guard position on Aledo High School’s Bearcats football team in Texas. He was set to start his sophomore year at the school next month.
A Facebook page representing the Aledo Class of 2017 community, which Braxton is a member, mourned the teenager’s passing in a post late Tuesday night.
“With very heavy hearts we are so sad to let you know that we lost one of our 2017 students today. Braxton Canner [sic] passed away today. Please pray for his family who desperately need your prayers right now. Please pray for God to give them comfort, help, and hold them during this very difficult time,” the post noted.
SOURCE: LEONARDO BLAIR