A religion chief was fatally shot outdoors her Memphis house throughout a carjacking on Monday afternoon, in accordance to a neighborhood United Methodist Church convention.
Rev. Dr. Autura Eason-Williams was taken to hospital however later pronounced lifeless, in keeping with police. The incident occurred at 4:15 p.m. at 1000 Whitehaven Lane.
Police famous that “[t]he suspects have been 3 Black males in a 4-door hatchback.”
At 4:15 pm, officers responded to a capturing at 1000 Whitehaven Lane. A feminine sufferer was situated and transported to the hospital, the place she was pronounced deceased. The suspects have been 3 Black males in a 4-door hatchback. Please name 901-528-CASH w/suggestions. pic.twitter.com/ngCYmllhdU
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) July 18, 2022
Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis, at a press convention on Tuesday, stated there have been juveniles presently in custody and labeled as individuals of curiosity, WBIR reported. Their identities haven’t been launched, because the investigation continues to be ongoing.
Eason-Williams, who was the district superintendent of the United Methodist Church’s Tennessee-Western Kentucky Convention’s Metro District, leaves behind 4 kids and her husband, FOX 13 famous.
After graduating from the College of Memphis and Memphis Theological Seminary, Eason-Williams went on to turn out to be a full-time minister in 1997 and began serving within the United Methodist Church in 2002 below appointment.
Her metro district held a gathering on Monday night following her loss of life and wrote in a assertion earlier that day:
We ask your prayers tonight for the household and associates of Rev. Dr. Autura Eason-Williams who died this afternoon after being shot throughout a carjacking outdoors of her house. Autura was the District Superintendent of the convention’s Metro District.
Might the love of Christ carry all those that love her throughout lately of grief forward. We’ll depend on God collectively.
Violent crime elevated in Shelby County, the place Memphis is situated, by 1.2 p.c from 2020 to 2021, regardless of general crime happening, in accordance to the Memphis Shelby Crime Fee.
Moreover, critical juvenile crimes elevated by 20.7 p.c in 2021 from the earlier 12 months. In Memphis alone, the homicide charge elevated from 44.8 deaths per 100,000 individuals in 2020 to 47.9 deaths per 100,000 individuals in 2021.
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