“There is no way we can say that anyone involved in the demonstrations is involved or responsible for this crime,” said Chief Reynoso. “We don’t know the motive at the moment.”
First Works Baptist Church was founded in 2017, according to its website.
Mr Magia said the church had been in its current location for three years. The church, a low-hanging building on the street corner, looks like a shop window with restaurants and homes nearby.
“It really won’t stop us from doing what we always do,” Mr Maggie said on Saturday. “We are not afraid of that. It̵
The church is part of the New Independent Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement, a network of 22 American and eight international churches known for their hateful rhetoric, and calls on the government to gather and execute gays, the Southern Center for Poverty, a non-governmental organization that analyzes hate groups reported in 2019. .
Mr Mejia is an outspoken supporter of the network’s leader, Stephen Anderson, a pastor in Arizona who has widely condemned the 2016 shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were killed. poverty I said.
Mr Anderson also rose to prominence in 2009 by saying in a sermon that he had prayed for the death of President Barack Obama and had been criticized by the Anti-Defamation League in 2014 for what it called “his history of anti-Semitism”. .
Calls and emails to Mr. Anderson’s church were not returned immediately.
Mr. Maggie and Mr. Anderson were among a number of church leaders who spoke at the Do It Right Again in Orlando conference in 2019, two days after the third anniversary of the Pulse massacre, according to the legal center.