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21-year-old man in custody after the string of churches in St. Landry Parish



UPDATE: A person is allegedly in custody in connection with the string of churches reported in St. Landry Parish.

KATC reports that 21-year-old Holden Matthews has been detained by law enforcement.

A state fire brand marshal spokesman would not confirm an arrest but told WBRZ a press conference will be held in Opelousas Thursday morning to discuss the development of the investigation. Gov. Edwards is scheduled to be present with FBI agents.

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1; A series of fires that destroyed churches with predominantly African-American assemblies have drawn the NAACP's ire. 19659007] On Monday, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People published a statement condemning the fire in central Louisiana, as well as similar incidents in Tennessee.

"What happens in Tennessee and Louisiana is domestic terrorism, and we must not blindly face any event where people are targeted because of the color of their skin or their beliefs. The tip of church settlement in southern states is a reflection Of the designed race rhetoric and excitement scattered throughout the country, but it is nothing new, for decades African American churches have served as epicenter of survival and a symbol of hope for many in African-American society, and as a result, these faith houses have historically The goals of violence have been the NAACP is vigilant to ensure that the authorities carry out full investigations, "the statement said.

According to fire investigations, fire support is probably the cause of the blow that destroyed the 140-year-old Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and two others in the St. Landry Parish area. The first burned March 26 in Port Barre, and another church burned in Opelousas earlier this week.

"You must have some degree of anger because there is no reason for this" Deacon Earnest Hines told WBRZ. "You know the history of our country. During the civil war, they had all those events that would happen, and sometimes it happens again." But he added that investigators are still working to finish deciding whether they are connected.


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