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Shock after Norwich church leader's father is shot dead 

Norwich church leaders Chantel and Jon Norman have been left stunned after news that Chantel’s father was killed on Thursday night (February 1) in a shooting in downtown Los Angeles, California.

Chantel, who leads Soul Church in Norwich with husband Jon, comes from Los Angeles and the couple are still waiting for more news of what happened to her father Joey Cruz.

There has been an online outpouring of support and prayers for the couple and their young children Miracle Joy and Justice Murray, after Jon posted a picture and message on Twitter and Facebook.

Jon wrote: “Please keep my dear wife and her family in your prayers right now. Last night in downtown LA, her dad Joey was shot dead in a cowardly attack. Thank you.”

Jon told Network Norfolk that the family were extremely grateful for the outpouring of support, which numbers hundreds of Facebook messages.

He said: “All we know at the moment is that he was in a park when a car went past and he was shot in a drive-by shooting. We are going to fly out there on Monday because we still don’t have the full details of what happened.”

Chantel posted a picture of her father on Instagram and wrote: “Last year I reconnected with my real dad and it was the most amazing experience and God truly brought healing.

“Last night in Los Angeles my dad Joe Cruz was shot in the chest by a senseless and cowardly act of gun violence. This morning my dad passed away and my heart is broken. Please pray for my Cruz family.”

A church member at Soul said: “We are all really shocked and are praying for peace and strength for the family.”
 
A visit from the Watoto Children’s Choir and Vision Sunday services at Soul Church this weekend are still planned to go ahead while the couple wait for more news.

Pictured above, Chantel Norman with her father Joey Cruz.

Feedback:
Pippa (Guest) 05/02/2018 21:45
I am so desperately sad for you Chantal, and send you, your husband and your children so much sympathy and love tonight. No reply please, but you are all in my prayers without a doubt.

Pippa
Stuart Riddington (Guest) 05/02/2018 23:05
To loose a parent would be incredibly difficult in any situation, but to loose one in this manner is heart breaking. Thank you Jon and Chantel for your servanthood towards Kingdon building, and the advancing of the church in Norwich as well as leading Soul Church.

MGM I have no clue who the shooter was, but their religion if any is completely irrelevant; and yes they were cowardly in their act just as you have been posting such a message. The churches in Norwich do an incredible job in serving the poor, addicted, lonely and suffering. I am proud to be a member of one of those churches!


MGM (Guest) 07/02/2018 06:37
Ask Alaine Mukene of the Central Baptist Church on Duke Street about the drug offenders who she has instructed to act offensively towards members of the general public who demonstrate kindness. Ask shoppers and businesses in Norwich city centre who have had to endure the daily anti-social behaviour of the Haymarket soup run. Ask St Augustines, Elim Church, St Stephens, Kings Community Church about the vulnerable people they exclude. Ask me about the service users who have been taught by vergers to actively discriminate and obstruct others when attending church. Ask me about the vast majority of those who go to the soup run nightly who are council-housed, on long-term DLA, PIP, ESA benefits which are used to buy alchohol and illicit drugs because they can eat for free.

What I would like to ask you is, when City Hall recently declared the Hay Hill stall used for distributing food was unsafe and would be removed, why did St Peter Mancroft Church (adjacent to that stall) NOT offer the use of its Octagon Cafe?
(Guest) 09/02/2018 20:39
MGM, all interesting comments and ones I would happily discuss with you in greater detail and support if correct! But, this article was about someone who lost their Father to a cowardly shooting in LA, someone who serves our community in Norwich; and needs loving words in her moment of suffering and pain!

Sometimes in life, we just need to put our personal thoughts aside for a moment, and show the love of Jesus to someone in pain. Just a thought MGM
Stuart Riddington (Guest) 09/02/2018 22:13
MGM, all interesting comments and ones I would happily discuss with you in greater detail and support if correct! But, this article was about someone who lost their Father to a cowardly shooting in LA, someone who serves our community in Norwich; and needs loving words in her moment of suffering and pain!

Sometimes in life, we just need to put our personal thoughts aside for a moment, and show the love of Jesus to someone in pain. Just a thought MGM


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