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Black metal fan accused of church burnings now charged with hate crimes

Black metal fan accused of church burnings now charged with hate crimes

Twenty-one-year-old Holden Matthews - the son of a sheriff's deputy - entered a not guilty plea Monday via video conference from the St. Landry Parish jail, as prosecutors added new charges declaring the arsons a hate crime.

"Three historically black churches have burned in recent weeks, charring buildings and scattering communities". As of Tuesday afternoon, the official GoFundMe page created almost a week ago to benefit all three churches hadn't even broken the $250,000 point of a $1.8 million goal.

The Rev. Mason Jack, an officer with the Seventh District Missionary Baptist Association, which includes the burned churches, said Wednesday he was grateful for the surge in donations.

"If you are going to donate money to rebuild a church this week, I implore you to make it the black churches in St. Landry Parish", Ms Romer wrote.

The fundraiser was created on April 10, the same day Holden Matthews was arrested for the attacks that occurred over a 10-day period in Opelousas, Louisiana.

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Investigators also obtained surveillance photos of Matthews and his dad's Ford pickup truck, which investigators say he was driving minutes before the Greater Union Baptist Church caught fire, the affidavit said. Each was more than 100 years old. With that, thousands have been inspired to donate to the fix of three historically Black churches recently burned in Louisiana in a sting of hate crimes.

'The rebuild of Notre Dame will be well funded, ' said journalist Yashar Ali. They will never reach the level of attention that Notre Dame will. He was arrested last week and accused of setting the three churches on fire, causing them to be destroyed. According to information published by "The Advocate", Matthews is a musician associated with a genre of music wherein musicians reportedly tend to be sympathetic to views commonly read as anti-Christian.so-called "black metal" which is largely associated with church-burnings because of one infamous figure in the genre, Varg Vikernes who himself is believed to have burned a church down. The churches had existed and served predominately black congregations for more than a century.

The fire in Paris spread quickly from the roof near the rear of Notre Dame and, in less than an hour, it engulfed the spire, which later collapsed.

Some online commenters said the greater focus on Notre Dame was understandable given its history, size and artistic significance. Matthews has been charged with arson and committing a hate crime.


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