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The father committed suicide after shooting his two daughters

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A Texas father fatally shot his two teenage daughters before turning the gun on himself in an apparent double murder-suicide, authorities have said.

Officers from the Mesquite Police Department responded to a home in the 1300 block of Bradford Place at around 10:25pm on Tuesday night to reports of gunshots heard.

When police arrived at the residence, they found 63-year-old Raymond Haydel lying on the floor inside the home, with a gunshot wound to his head.

As they continued their search of the property, they found the bodies of Natasha Haydel, 17, and her younger sister Alexa, 16, who both had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. They were dead at the scene, police said.

Investigators believe Haydel shot both of his children, and then committed suicide. Detectives are still working to establish a motive for the double murder-suicide.

Police say it appears Haydel and the girls’ mother, Michelle Chapman, 42, were no longer together. Natasha and Alexa lived permanently with Chapman in Forney and had been visiting their father in Mesquite when the fatal incident occurred.

Legal documents observed  show that Haydel and Chapman filed for divorce in 2012. Chapman remarried three-years later.

Wes Hardin, who is the father of one of the girls’ boyfriends, voiced his shock that Haydel was capable of committing such a cruel act of violence against his own daughters.

‘We know what we need to know and sometimes things happen that you don’t want to put a reason on,’ Harden told. ‘Of course we are angry but we know the girls would want us to celebrate their life… the outpouring of support from the kids is amazing.’

Darion and Lindsay Daily, who live two doors down from the scene of the shooting, told how they watched through the night as investigators processed the crime scene.

‘It was blocked off, and they had it taped all off so we really couldn’t see nothing,’ Darion said.

‘It was shocking to hear what transpired,’ added Lindsay.

Darion said he spoke to the first officer on the scene: ‘He was like, “I’m the one that had to kick the door in and see that.” And it was too late,’ Darion recalled.

Natasha had just graduated from Forney High School just 10 days before the fatal shooting occurred. Alexa was a sophomore at the school, and both of the girls played in the school’s band.

The Forney Independent School District released a statement Wednesday, mourning the sisters’ deaths.

‘Yesterday, we learned of the tragic loss of two of our Forney High School students, and our hearts are broken,’ the statement said. ‘We extend condolences to Natasha and Alexa Haydel’s family and to our Forney Family.’

Forney High School is also offering online visits with grief counselors to classmates of the two girls.

Tributes to the two girls have flooded onto social media, remembering them both as ‘Bright, beautiful and talented’.

‘I am truly heartbroken by this loss,’ Sheri Jones wrote on Facebook. ‘Natasha was one of the student aides that I got to work with…Her creative nature inspired many story times. And her ideas brighten the days of so many little ones. The world lost two beautiful souls.’

Riley Warren, the percussion director at Forney High School, wrote: ‘Please keep the mother of these girls in your prayers as the Forney community heals from the tragic loss of two incredibly bright and talented young people. I’m at a loss for words…’

A GoFundMe set up by the Hardin family to help cover funeral costs for the two girls had reached $24,430 in donations towards its $25,000 goal as of Thursday evening.

‘Natasha is and always will be my best friend,’ Gwen Keem commented in one donation. ‘She was loved by me and my whole family. I was with her the morning before and I’m forever heartbroken.’

‘Natasha and Alexa Haydel were taken from this world too soon,’ added Shannon Hardin, who organized the fundraiser.

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One Christian Killed, Four Kidnapped in Nigeria

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Nigeria– A bus driver was killed and four female members of an Anglican Church abducted while driving along Kaduna-Kachia road on Tuesday, April 6th, reports the Barnabus Fund.

“Bandits blockaded the road and opened fire on the church bus and another truck. In addition to the Christian bus driver, named as Alfred Makinde, three others were killed in the gunfire,” stated the news source.

The kidnappers contacted the church demanding a N100 million (about $245,000) ransom.

“My conversation with the Anglican church is there were 15 members in the bus but the others ran into the bush and others were shot and sustained injuries, but the bandits took four persons; one old woman and three young ladies” said Reverend Joseph Hayab, the Kaduna Christian Association of Nigeria chairman.

The attack comes just twelve days after eight Christians were abducted while driving on the same Kaduna-Kachia road, about 20 miles outside of Kaduna city. Christians are particularly targeted in this area of Nigeria, often referred to as the middle belt, where the Muslim majority north meets Nigeria’s mostly Christian south, creating an environment of ethnic tension which often results in severe Christian persecution. Christian communities are targeted, and thousands of believers have been kidnapped, tortured and killed with nowhere to turn for safety. While the government denies religious motive behind these attacks, the frequent burning of churches and targeting of believers shows that a hatred of Christianity plays a key role in the violence throughout the Middle Belt.

Please pray for the safe return of all who have been kidnapped. Please join us in praying for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, for the Lord to strengthen the Nigerian church and heal His persecuted children of their trauma. Please also pray for the world to recognize the scale of the suffering that believers are having to endure in Nigeria, as well as for the souls of those who persecute the church, that all will repent and find salvation in Christ.
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പാസ്റ്റർ ജോൺ വർഗീസിൻ്റെ (രാജൻ പ്ലാന്തോട്ടത്തിൽ) സഹധർമ്മിണി ഏലിക്കുട്ടി വർഗീസ് (ലില്ലി -71) അമേരിക്കയിൽ നിര്യാതയായി

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ഒക്കലഹോമ: ഐ.പി.സി. ഹെബ്രോൻ മുൻ ശുശ്രുഷകനും സിനിയർ പാസ്റ്ററുമായ Rev. Dr. ജോൺ വർഗീസിന്റ (രാജൻ. പ്ലാന്തോട്ടത്തിൽ, ആഞ്ഞിലിത്താനം ) ഭാര്യ എലിക്കുട്ടി വർഗീസ് (ലില്ലി – 71) ഏപ്രിൽ 10-ന് പ്രഭാതത്തിൽ താൻ പ്രിയം വെച്ച കർത്തൃ സന്നിധിയിൽ ചേർക്കപ്പെട്ടു. മെമ്മോറിയൽ സർവ്വീസ് ഏപ്രിൽ 16 നു വെള്ളിയാഴ്ച വൈകിട്ട് 6- മണിക്കും സംസ്കാര ശ്രുശ്രുഷ ഏപ്രിൽ 17- നു രാവിലെ 10 മണിക്കും നടത്തപ്പെടുന്നതായിരിക്കും . രണ്ടു ശുശ്രുഷകളും ഒക്കലഹോമ ഐ.പി.സി. ഹെബ്രോൻ സഭാ ഹാളിൽ വെച്ച് നടത്തപ്പെടുന്നതായിരിക്കും.

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