Arsonist reported to have set 7 fires overnight

Arsonist's streak included one of Mississippi's oldest Black Lutheran churches

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  • AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE COMMITTED AND WE’RE GOING TO BE HERE TO CONTINUE TO HELP THIS COMMUNITY IN WEST JACKSON, MADELIN Arsonist's streak included one of Mississippi's oldest Black Lutheran churches Devin McLaurin accused of setting 7 fires in Jackson An alleged arsonist is in custody after allegedly going on a spree early Tuesday, setting fire to seven structures, including two churches near the Jackson State campus
  • According to the Jackson Police Department, Devin McLaurin was arrested Tuesday evening with the help of Hinds County sheriff's deputies near the Hinds/Copiah county line."This was like a home church, and it brought families together," said a longtime member of Epiphany Lutheran Church.
  • But it's going to move on."The church member didn't want to be identified, but she, like many others in the west Jackson community, was mourning the total loss of her church and the severe fire damage done to a historic section of Greater Bethlehem Temple Church
  • "This is a shock to us that something like this could happen."Ervin Ricks, communications director for Greater Bethlehem Temple Church said the children's Sunday school area was damaged by the fire."We can't always understand why people do evil, but we know that it's our job.

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