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According to The Christian Post, Christians in Nigeria are praying for the safe return of a student held captive by Muslim Fulani herdsmen who attacked a Christian missions school in Nigeria’s Plateau state. Four students were kidnapped Thursday from The King’s School, a Christian missions school established by Calvary Ministries, in Gana Ropp village in Plateau state’s Barkin Ladi County. While three of the kidnapped students escaped after security forces deployed to the area, one student remains captive, Morning Star News reported. The herdsmen broke into the rear fence at the school to enter the compound and abduct the students.
According to The Daily Beast, An 18-year-old man has been arrested in South Carolina for fatally shooting 15-year-old Sanaa Amenhotep, the daughter of a prominent peace activist, NJ.com reports. Treveon Nelson will be charged with murder. Sanaa was last seen in Columbia, South Carolina on April 5, and detectives believe she was kidnapped and killed that night. Her body was found on April 28 in Lexington County, but a motive for the killing has not yet been determined. Two juveniles have also been arrested. Sanaa’s father, Sharif Amenhotep, is a well-known peace advocate in Newark and was regarded as “the soul” of the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition. “Sharif is very upset, devastated and broken,” said a spokesperson. “He is surrounded by family and friends from several states.”
According to the Associated Press, Mourners will gather on Monday for the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man shot and killed by deputies in North Carolina, with eulogists planning to celebrate his legacy and reflect on his life. The invite-only service at noon in a church in Elizabeth City follows public viewings the previous day. The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy, and other speakers will include Brown’s relatives as well as civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who’s representing Brown’s family, and the Rev. William Barber II, leader of the Poor People’s campaign.
According to The Christian Post, Christians are being urged to pray for India as more than 300,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported for the fifth consecutive day Monday, taking the total number of infections to over 17.3 million amid the Indian government’s lack of preparedness as hospitals turn away patients. The country of 1.3 billion people recorded over 350,000 new infections in the last 24 hours for the first time, Hindustan Times reported Monday, adding that 2,812 people died from COVID-19 in a single day, taking the total number of deaths to 195,123. Ram Gidoomal, who is of Indian origin and chair of the Christian charity South Asian Concern, described the situation as a “meltdown.”
According to MassLive.com, Everett police and the city’s mayor are characterizing vandalism reported at a Black church earlier this week as a hate crime. Zion Baptist Church’s property was vandalized early Thursday. In a statement, the Everett Police Department said it’s treating the action as a hate crime. “This was not an accident but a hate crime against Zion Ministries and their community,” Mayor Carlo DeMaria wrote in a Facebook post, noting the church is a “long-standing and integral member” of the community. “As mayor, I’m repulsed and distraught that someone would intentionally vandalize a religious organization in our community. There is absolutely no room for any hate in Everett.” The mayor offered his thoughts and prayers to Bishop Robert G. Brown of Zion Ministries, Marcia Brown and all members of the church.
According to CBS DFW, The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Saturday, May 1, Lashun Massey, the missing wife and mother of two, was the woman found deceased in Irving’s Lago de Claire on Thursday, April 29. Massey was last seen around 7:30 Tuesday morning near the small lake in the Las Colinas area. In addition to being a wife, mother, and businesswoman, Massey is also the reigning Mrs. Dallas and was scheduled to compete for the Mrs. Texas America crown this week. On the morning Lashun Massey went missing witnesses reported seeing her walking on the edge of the lake. “They had asked her if she was okay and she said she was, so they carried about their business,” firefighter Robert Keeker said on the first day of the search. “After that, they said they saw her exit the water and then we later received a tip someone else had seen her walking in the water again a couple hours later.” Her husband, Jeff Massey, spoke with CBS 11 on April 28 as he held out hope that she’d return safe. “She’s my world and she’s going to come home,” he said then. Jeff Massey said for the last two years his wife has taken a 7:00 a.m. walk by the lake and checks in, but said he became worried after he hadn’t heard from her. “So at about 7:15 [a.m.], I got a little nervous and I texted her. I gave her a call and she didn’t answer so at the time I found our security guard down here and said that they had seen her or somebody over in the canal,” said Massey. When they went to check out the area, no one was there. By 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Massey said he called 911. Neighbors said it’s unlike the pageant queen to suddenly vanish. When her body was recovered on Thursday, Irving Police said there were no signs of foul play.
According to the Daily Mail, Senator Tim Scott has praised President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for agreeing with him that America is ‘not a racist country,’ after critics attacked Scott with racial slurs over his rebuttal to Biden’s joint address to Congress. Scott, a South Carolina Republican, told CBS’ Face The Nation on Sunday that he stood by his assessment that America is not racist, despite being pulled over 18 times for ‘driving while black.’ ‘Let me say thank goodness that finally our president, our vice president and one of the leaders in the Democrat- caucus in the House, Jim Clyburn, have all come forward and said exactly what I’ve been saying for a long time. America is not a racist country,’ Scott said in the interview. ‘The question is, is there a lingering effect after a couple of centuries of racism and discrimination in this nation? The answer is absolutely,’ he added, going on to reveal that he has been pulled over 18 times for ‘driving while black.’
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