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Church of God member featured in August 2005
Journal article found murdered after abduction

Alessandra 'Sandra' Adams
Sandra Adams
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, 2006.

Alessandra “Sandra” Adams, 51, was 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 the trail and the other two jogging.

The men did not see Mrs. Adams again until the next morning at 6:30 after her abused body was found in a gravel lot about a half mile away.

Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies said they were seeking a 25-year-old Mexican citizen, Edmundo Cerda-Anima, on a first-degree-murder charge in the killing of Mrs. Adams. The announcement came after sheriff’s deputies impounded a vehicle they were seeking in connection with the killing.

An autopsy indicated Mrs. Adams suffered “multiple bluntforce trauma” from being hit by a vehicle. The Journal's article in August reported on damage from Hurricane Katrina, including Mrs. Adams’ residence Sandra Adams and the residence of her mother, Miriam Boyce of Slidell, La., who attends with the Worldwide Church of God.

Members of independent Church of God congregations Dave Havir of Big Sandy, Texas, and Anthony Kimmons of Brookhaven, Miss., had traveled to Louisiana to assist with the relief efforts and had driven Mrs. Adams to her home to assess damage and retrieve belongings including two vehicles.

The search for Mrs. Adams’ alleged killer was featured on America’s Most Wanted network television show and Web site (

The report in the Times-Picayune said relatives described her as someone who was kind to everyone she met.

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