Murdered missionary worked for Campus Crusade

An American missionary found murdered Nov. 1 in his Rīga apartment had been living in Latvia for two years and worked for Campus Crusade for Christ, The Christian Post newspaper reported Nov. 6.

The missionary, who was found with a knife in his chest and strangulation marks around his neck, still has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, according to Latvian media reports.

However, two suspects—a Latvian soldier and an unemployed man—have been arrested, the LETA news agency reported Nov. 5.

LETA cited police sources in detailing the crime. The missionary apparently let the two young men into his apartment. They tied him up and robbed him of LVL 1,000, two portable computers and other valuables. Realizing the missionary could identify them, they killed him.

LETA also reported the soldier had been undergoing psychiatric evaluation in a Rīga hospital, from which he fled Oct. 26.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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