Long-time missionaries Harold Nichols and Randy Hentzel died in April, apparent victims of a robbery attempt and murder in Jamaica. In June, Jamaican police arrested one man and were seeking a second suspect for questioning.
Nichols and Hentzel were part of the US-based TEAMS for Medical Missions and had been in Jamaica since 2002.
The men served in several ministries but spent much of their time building houses and coordinating volunteer teams. The day of their murders, they were traveling to inspect a potential building site.
News of the missionaries’ deaths rocked the small island nation, as many people knew the men for their service there.
“We are saddened by the horrible deaths of the two American missionaries. They’re not just visiting but have been pillars of both communities for years,” Joshua Polacheck, counsellor for public affairs at the embassy, told The Gleaner, a Jamaican newspaper.
“The ambassador has been in contact with the highest levels of the Jamaican security apparatus, and we are hoping for a speedy resolution to this matter and that the killers are found and brought to justice,” he added.
Pray for the Nichols and Hentzel families as they grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for justice in the pursuit of their killers.