Video: Media buries Islamic connection to Easter Sunday church shooting

Video published on Apr 1, 2013 by WEWSTV and article written on April 11, 2013 by Joseph Gilbert

It was revealed just yesterday during court testimony that the shooter in the Easter church murder in Ashtabula, Ohio was a Muslim and carried a Koran during the crime.

Media reports following the Easter Sunday shooting at a Christian church in Ashtabula, Ohio failed to disclose that one important piece of information. But the killer, Reshad Riddle, 25, left behind a Muslim Koran at the scene.

Riddle got in an argument with his father, Richard Riddle, 53, outside the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula soon after Easter services ended, around 1:15 p.m. Sunday. He then shot his father in the head with a .38 special, killing him.

Riddle then according to witnesses, approached the pulpit, waving a handgun and yelling about God and Allah. The Ashtabula Star Beacon newspaper reported that Reshad Riddle walked through the church, still holding the gun, and yelled that the killing was "the will of Allah. This is the will of God."

At the time Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said Riddle offered no motive for the shooting. "Witnesses at the scene said the shooter entered church and made some references to Allah, but we are not sure if that was a motive or if there was a family problem."

But during court testimony Wednesday, Patrolman Jay Janek said when he arrived on the scene, Reshad Riddle was inside the church, standing at the podium.

“He had the gun in the air,” Janek said. “He had several knives on him ... we later discovered the Koran on the podium.”

News reports following the event on Apr 1 by CBS News, USA Today and local newspapers all failed to disclose that Riddle carried a Koran. CBS News reported that "Riddle made rambling comments about God" with no references to Allah, the Koran or Islam.

This contradicted police testimony. Ashtabula Patrolman Thomas Clemens testified that following his arrest Riddle "referred to the Koran and Allah, quoting passages.”

Detective William Felt told the court that said Riddle spoke about religious passages in the Koran. “He found solace in his religion after he shot his father,” Felt said.

It would appear that the media suppressed all references to Islam as being a possible motive for the shooting on Easter Sunday in a Christian church and of Rashad Riddle being a Muslim.

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Published on by Marty M.