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Atlanta pastor stabbed with kitchen knife and set on fireplace, based on warrant

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – A metro Atlanta pastor is useless after being stabbed by a person police mentioned she was making an attempt to assist.

In accordance with the DeKalb County Police Division, 27-year-old Christopher Griggs stabbed 57-year-old Marita Harrell in his residence within the 1300 block of Panola Highway on Wednesday. He then took her physique to the 1600 block of Espresso Highway and left her there.

Griggs stabbed Harrell with a big kitchen and set her on fireplace, based on warrants. DKCPD murder detectives arrested Griggs on Could 19 and charged him with homicide and arson.

Rev. Harrell was a senior pastor at Connections @ Metropolitan church. She moved to Atlanta over 30 years in the past and was a member of Central United Methodist Church for over 25 years earlier than she accepted God’s name on her life, based on the church’s web site.

“At a non secular stage you’re asking God, Why? What? Why her? She was doing all of your work,’” mentioned Vincente Scott, an in depth household good friend.

Scott met Harrell in 1992. She was a Sunday college instructor on the time however labored her method up the ranks within the United Methodist Church. He mentioned religion was every thing to Harrell and that it was in her nature to need to assist individuals.

“When you knew her, she was providing recommendation, providing encouragement,” he mentioned. “The world has missed an incredible contributor to the civilizing course of. If anything, Marita was about bettering people and bettering society.”

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson of the North Georgia Convention of The United Methodist Church issued the next assertion:

“I’m broken-hearted since being knowledgeable of the demise of Rev. Marita Harrell. It’s a blow to our clergy household, particularly because it seems she died on the hand of 1 she was serving to. Marita was a good friend and a shining mild amongst us. I pray for her household, her church, and all who beloved her. I’m grateful that the Lord she represented so nicely was along with her in all issues and accompanied her to her everlasting residence. Could His Spirit consolation these of us who stay.”

DKCPD confirmed that Harrell was “mentoring” Griggs on the time of her demise. He’s presently being held on the DeKalb County Jail. His first courtroom look is Could 21.

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