A pastor and father of two who claimed God sent him to the U.S. from Africa to heal people of cancers caused by witchcraft was rammed with a car, then stabbed to death by a man who was dropping his wife off at his church in Windsor Mill, Maryland, on Saturday.
Baltimore County Police said in a release that Pastor Raphael Happy-Ikenwilo, 53, of Rahamis Ministry International Church was stabbed several times by the suspect as Ikenwilo’s wife watched helplessly.
“Detectives determined that the suspect dropped off his wife in the parking lot of the location (church) and saw the victim getting out of his car, while the victim’s wife was seated in his car. The suspect rammed his car into the victim and the victim’s car. The victim’s wife was not injured in the collision. The suspect then stabbed the victim numerous times. The suspect drove from the area and afterwards turned himself into authorities at the Howard County Detention Center,” the statement said.
The suspect, identified as Daniel Patrick Degoto, 41, surrendered himself to police. He was later charged with first-degree murder after the pastor who came to the U.S. from Africa in 2012, died hours later at a local hospital. Ikenwilo’s wife, Jennifer, was not harmed.
“That’s a terrible and horrible thing,” Frank House, another pastor who lives near the crime scene, told Fox Baltimore. “It’s just a sad time we’re living in right now. The value of life is just not seeming important. We have to see and realize all lives are important.”
Police told The Christian Post Monday that they were unable to release a motive for the murder as the case was still being investigated.
In a 2014 Indiegogo campaign, Pastor Happy-Ikenwilo suggested his life and the life of his family was in danger from witch doctors who didn’t want him exposing their cancer-causing activities.
SOURCE: Leonardo Blair