No matter what religion or denomination you belong to, the last few days have been a nightmare for the faithful of this world.
Starting last Monday, on the first day of Holy Week, the treasured Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France suffered a hellish fire that burned for nine hours, taking the roof and the iconic steeple with it. While Notre Dame is still standing, the cleanup and restoration efforts could take over a dozen years to complete.
Then, on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, a number of coordinated church bombing occurred, killing over 300 worshipers. This attack is believed to have been carried out by radical Islamic terrorists, and has inspired the Sri Lankan government to make a number of worrisome, totalitarian moves in its wake.
On a much smaller, more bizarre scale, was an incident in San Diego, California that was luckily quelled by the faithful and brave.
Police first received calls about an armed woman at a church service hosted at Mt. Everest Academy, near the intersection of Balboa and Genessee avenues, around noon. Witnesses said the woman came up on stage through a back entrance, holding a gun in one hand and a young boy in the other.
Churchgoers said the woman was shouting incomprehensibly, making comments about “martyrs,” “the rapture” and blowing up the church. Members of the congregation eventually tackled the woman, police said, and officers arrived a short time later to take the woman into custody. Police identified her as 31-year-old Anna Conkey.
Conkey’s other child, a young girl, was discovered safe and sound at a daycare in nearby Bonita. Both children will be placed in protective custody until the mental health of their mother can be adequately evaluated.
During the strange confrontation, parishioners claim that the woman was not only pointing the gun at those who were attempting to negotiate with her, but also at her baby.
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