Church of God member murdered in New Orleans area
The Journal has learned that a member of the Church of God an International Community who was featured in an article in The Journal's Aug. 31, 2005, issue was murdered in Metairie, a city near New Orleans, La., May 22.
Alessandra "Sandra" Adams, 51, was jogging with her son and a friend of her son at Lafreniere Park around 9 p.m., reported The Times-Picayune, a New Orleans newspaper.
She and the two men separated, with her walking along a trail and the other two jogging. The men planned to contact Mrs. Adams by cell phone, then meet up with her and drive home.
The men did not see Mrs. Adams again until the next morning at 6:30 after her battered body was found in a gravel lot about a half mile away.
Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies said they are seeking a 25-year-old Mexican citizen, Edmundo Cerda-Anima, on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of Mrs. Adams. They reported they developed Mr. Cerda as a suspect with help from the Wichita, Kan., police department.
The announcement reportedly came after sheriff's deputies impounded a white Ford Expedition similar to the getaway vehicle they were seeking in connection with the killing.
An autopsy indicates Mrs. Adams suffered "multiple blunt-force trauma." Deputies said Mr. Cerda lived in an apartment complex about a mile south of the park.
The Journal's article in August reported on damage from Hurricane Katrina, including Mrs. Adams' residence and the residence of her mother, Miriam Boyce of Slidell, La., who attends with the Worldwide Church of God.
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