Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Brazilian Pastor Shot Dead in Front of His Church; Believed He Was Shot Due to Church's Noise Level

A Brazilian pastor was shot dead Sunday (February 20, 2011) in front of his church in Campo Grande City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hegnaldo da Silva Viana, 44, was shot twice in the neck, according to the Christian Post website.

Witnesses reported an unidentified man briefly arguing with the pastor before gunshots were heard.

According to sources, the suspect lived in the neighborhood near the Evangelical Community Church of God, where Viana had ministered for four years.

Last Christmas eve -- following church services -- the same man reportedly complained to the pastor about the church's noise level, and threatened the pastor. His threat resulted in the pastor filing a report with the local police.

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