Pas­tor who died in crash mourned in Is­rael

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues into the plane crash that killed Myles Mun­roe, an in­flu­en­tial and popular re­li­gious leader, and eight oth­ers in­clud­ing his wife, in the Ba­hamas on Sun­day.

An of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash con­tin­ued on Mon­day, with po­lice hav­ing said that bad weather is sus­pected to have been a fac­tor.

“It has left the coun­try reel­ing,” said Ba­hamas For­eign Min­is­ter Fred Mitchell in a state­ment. “Rev­erend Mun­roe was a gi­ant of a Ba­hamian.”

Josh Re­in­stein, the di­rec­tor of the Knes­set Christian Al­lies Cau­cus, said Mun­roe was a big sup­porter of Is­rael who came to the Jewish state twice a year.

“His faith and love of Is­rael was an in­spi­ra­tion to us all,” Re­in­stein said. “Is­rael had no bet­ter friend and the Knes­set Christian Al­lies Cau­cus was hon­ored to work with him.”

The Christian Em­bassy in Jerusalem said in a state­ment that “Myles Mun­roe was a key leader of the global Evan­gel­i­cal move­ment with a big heart for Is­rael,” and that “his tragic pass­ing is a loss for Chris­tians and for the Jewish peo­ple he loved.”

Mun­roe’s wife and top deputy were also among the ca­su­al­ties, au­thor­i­ties said.

The plane ex­ploded on im­pact with a crane at the Grand Ba­hama Ship­yard and plunged into a junk­yard be­low as it was mak­ing its land­ing ap­proach for Grand Ba­hama in Freeport at about 5:10 p.m., roughly an hour after take-off from Nas­sau, au­thor­i­ties said.

Oth­ers on board the plane in­cluded Ba­hamas Faith Min­istries deputy Richard Pin­der, youth min­is­ters Lavard and Rudel Parks, and their young son, Jo­han­nan.

None aboard the plane sur­vived the crash, of­fi­cials said.

Among those mourn­ing Mun­roe, who in 1998 was the youngest re­cip­i­ent of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire, was Ba­hamian Prime Min­is­ter Perry Christie.

“It is ut­terly im­pos­si­ble to mea­sure the mag­ni­tude of Dr. Mun­roe’s loss to the Ba­hamas and to the world,” Christie said. “He was in­dis­putably one of the most glob­ally rec­og­niz­able re­li­gious fig­ures our na­tion has ever pro­duced.”

The au­thor of nu­mer­ous books and a reg­u­lar trav­eler to coun­tries in Africa and Latin Amer­ica, Mun­roe was also chief ex­ec­u­tive and chair­man of the In­ter­na­tional Third World Lead­ers As­so­ci­a­tion. (The Jerusalem Post).

The death of Dr. Myles Mun­roe is be­ing mourned by

re­li­gious lead­ers and Chris­tians the world over.

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