2 U.S. Missionaries Found Strangled to Death in Mexico 02/06/2012

Bu Moody Adams
“The bodies of John and Wanda Casias came one last time Thursday to the church they began, the Primera Iglesia Bautista Fundamental Independiente,” said the AP. “In the violence-plagued region of northern Mexico, where mourners paid homage to the couple who were discovered strangled in their home two days before," reports the Associated Press.

Increasing battles among drug cartels have spilled across the region, and people in their town usually stay indoors after 8 p.m.

But relatives of the Casias' said the type of crime, belongings missing and a safe dug out of a wall, led them to believe that it could have been committed by someone the couple knew, not drug traffickers.

Their son, Shawn Casias, said "My dad, being so kind, let them in," John Casias said. "I don't think he saw it coming."
Shawn discovered the body of his mother at about 4 p.m. Tuesday when he went to their home to pick up a trailer.
He said she was lying on the floor with an electrical cord around her neck and a gash from a blunt object on her head.

About four or five hours later, his father had been found in a storage room of a small building on the property. His father also had an electrical cord around his neck. Bothe the missionaries had been choked to death.

The Casias children said their parents knew the dangers but couldn't be scared away.

“They built a great ministry," John Casias said. "The love they had for the Mexican people. I had this conversation with them a thousand times … 'We're going to die here. This is where He led us.'"

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