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Destroy and rebuild

An arson fire burned a Missouri church on Monday night where Michael Brown’s father was baptized over the weekend.


The Christian Church was incinerated Monday night after the announcement that a grand jury had voted not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown Jr.

“The police called me and told me the church was on fire,” the Rev. Carlton Lee said. “I was in complete disbelief. I didn’t think anyone would set a church on fire.”

I feel like one of my children has died. I put my blood, my sweat, my tears into this church, getting this church built from the ground up. To see that it was taken down in a few minutes is really heartbreaking.

Lee notified Michael Brown Sr. about the widespread damage on Tuesday afternoon. “He was just devastated again,” he said. Yet, despite Brown’s devastation, he wants to help repair the damage.

“We rebuild,” Lee said. “We do not stop.”

However, according to NBC News, Lee believes the white supremacists were the ones responsible, simply because they [white supremacists] wanted to punish him for his support of the Brown family– who had just recently been baptized there.

“Sunday, we do the baptism, Monday, the church is on fire. It just doesn’t add up,” he said.

Federal investigators are currently investigating. We will update you on any new information we’ve come across.


– Sherley Boursiquot (@sherleybee_)