A Colombian pastor has been shot dead outside his home by members of an illegal armed group, forcing his family to flee.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide, which monitors the persecution and violence against believers around the world, said that 55-year-old Pastor Elfren Martnez Prez was killed on September 16 in Antioquia, Colombia.
Pérez, who led Nueva Filadelfia Church, a member of the Association of Evangelical Churches of the Caribbean, had apparently been speaking out against the presence of illegal armed groups engaged in territorial battles.
“[Pastor Martínez Pérez] would confront [the neo-paramilitary group], they would always approach him to tell him that they had arrived to protect the community, that only they could do it, he would reply saying that the community did not need this form of protection,” a community member told CSW.
Pérez had reportedly refused demands by the militants to transport them on his boat, when early on September 16 the men returned on motorbikes to his home.
The criminals called out the pastor, and told him “As you are a pastor, we will only shoot you once.” They then shot him and killed him in front of his home.
Pérez’s wife and five adult children fled the village after the murder, fearing for their safety.
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Source: Christian Post