A North Carolina man was arrested in the shooting death of a seven year old girl, a crime allegedly committed just hours after being released from an area jail.
26-year old Shaquille Marshon Francis was arrested by Forest City, North Carolina Police, on Wednesday, having been identified in the primary suspecting in the shooting of seven-year old Aaliyah Norris. Norris had been shot in the head at around 5PM on Tuesday, having been found in a vehicle at an intersection in the Rutherford County community.
Norris died from her injuries on Thursday. Francis had been initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into occupied property inflicting serious bodily injury, and discharging a firearm within city limits, and his criminal charges were upgraded to murder following the child’s death.
Francis had been released from jail just three hours before his involvement in the shooting, facing charges related to assault with a firearm.
Authorities are currently investigating a potential motive in the heinous shooting of the seven-year old girl.
Forest City Dunbar School, where seven-year old Norris had been a student, released a statement mourning the loss of the innocent child.
“The Forest City – Dunbar family is incredibly saddened at the loss of one of our students Aaliyah Norris,” the statement read.
“Please keep her family and friends in your prayers.”
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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