I don’t believe in speaking the name of cowards that attack women, children and senior citizens. Suffice to say, the suspect in the September 24, 2017 Antioch, TN Burnette Chapel attack was found guilty this week in a Nashville, TN courtroom. The evidence revealed the attack, committed by a person who had been loved on by this church in his teen years, committed the murder and attack on innocent people in revenge for the equally despicable act in Charleston, SC. when an equally despicable killer murdered nine people in a racist attack designed to spark a race war.
I will be posting a video of his testimony in the coming weeks, as well as that of Caleb Engle.
Instead of posting video about this evil act, I decided to focus upon the victims in the attack. Pastor Joey Spann gave a moving impact statement, as did Melanie Smith’s sister and friend. They are posted below. Please pray for this church and its members as they learn how to move on from this heinous crime.
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Community Church in Salem recently installed new security cameras, and they’ve already captured images of a crime in progress. Unfortunately, it was the theft of the church’s new cameras!
Church staff noticed the cameras were missing and checked the recordings and found an image of a man in the church after hours with a backpack on. The footage has been released and the church hopes to have a conversation with the suspect about changing his ways. Next investment: a security system.
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According to the Associated Press
“Prosecutors are seeking life without parole for a man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church.
Local news outlets report that 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson’s trial will start Monday. A jury is being selected this week.
Samson faces a 43-count indictment, including a first-degree murder charge, in the September 2017 shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.
An arrest affidavit says Samson waived his rights and told police he arrived armed and fired at the church.
A psychiatrist has diagnosed Samson with “schizoaffective disorder bipolar type” and post-traumatic stress disorder after an abusive, violent upbringing.
Samson is black and the victims are white. Authorities haven’t definitively said whether they believe he targeted them based on race.”
Many states are examining whether to allow a church attendees to carry a firearm on church property, to allow churches to have the same status as a person’s home (Castle Doctrine type laws), and to give protection to church security teams if they have to use a firearm in defense of the congregation.
This week, the Indiana legislature has removed a prohibition from carrying a firearm into a church that is attached to a school.
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