A small town in North Carolina is reeling after a horrific attack on a minister and his wife last week.
The minister at Sanford Memorial Baptist Church, John Alford, and his wife Nancy, 76, returned to their home in Littleton on Friday to find two burglars inside, WRAL reported.
One intruder kidnapped Nancy and forced her to withdraw $1,000 from an ATM. Alford was kept at the house by the second intruder and beaten.
After Nancy and the attacker returned, the two victims were tied up and the house was set on fire.
John Alford is a minister at Sanford Memorial Baptist Church in Brodnax, Va. His 76 yr old wife Nancy was kidnapped, forced to get money from ATM, then burned alive in home.https://t.co/Fj6rNUejrs
— Mary Pat Ryan (@MaryPatRyan) March 13, 2018
Despite being badly beaten, Alford managed to escape.
Tragically, he was unable to save his wife and she died in the flames.
On Sunday, the church where Alford has been a pastor for over a decade held a song and prayer service in his honor.
Members of Sanford Memorial Baptist Church are gathering this morning to pray for their pastor John Alford. His wife, Nancy, was killed during a home invasion and arson Friday night at their home in NC near Lake Gaston. @WNCN pic.twitter.com/msaBdKEyoy
— Kelly Kennedy (@KellyEKennedyTV) March 11, 2018
“We’re a small community, and for this to happen in this kind of town is unheard of,” business owner Pete Richardson said, according to WRAL.
“They were always willing to help somebody else out versus trying to take care of themselves. So, it’s a very, very deep loss for this community and somebody that we will so miss.”
On Saturday, the Concord Baptist Association released an update on Alford’s condition on Facebook.
According to authorities, the perpetrators also stole the couple’s car — a gray 2010 Mercedes-Benz. As of this writing, the suspects have not been found.
Local authorities along with the the State Bureau of Investigation and the State Highway Patrol are involved in the investigation. (For more from the author of “Masked Men Kidnap Pastor’s Wife Then Do the Unthinkable to Her and Her Husband” please click HERE)