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Suspect Arrested In Fires At Black Churches In Louisiana

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Suspect Arrested In Fires At Black Churches In Louisiana

Suspect Arrested In Fires At Black Churches In Louisiana


According to United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, David C. Joseph, a suspect has been arrested in the burnings of three historically black churches in one south Louisiana parish in the last month.

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The suspect has been identified as Holden Matthews, 21. He was taken into custody Wednesday evening, according to KATC. The local TV station reported that Matthews is actually the son of a St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputy.

As we previously reported, the three St. Landry Parish churches burned to the ground just within 10 days of each other. The first burning occurred on March 26 at St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre. The second fire broke out on April 2 at Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas and the third at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, also in Opelousas, on April 4.

Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said last week that officials believed the fires were “suspicious,” but couldn’t say whether they were arson. Thankfully, the three churches of predominantly black congregations were empty at the time of the blazes, and no injuries were recorded. The NAACP labeled the church burnings “domestic terrorism” and racially motivated.

At this time, it is unclear what the motive was behind Matthews’ crime but authorities said they will “announce significant updates” in the investigation during an inter-agency press conference Thursday morning.

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