Neighbors Protest Outside Word of Life Church [PHOTOS]
Concerned neighbors of the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks want it torn down and the're taking it to the streets. Several protested this weekend, despite the cold weather, holding signs and pictures of Lucas and Christopher Leonard.
Lucas Leonard died after allegedly being beaten inside the Church. His 17 year-old brother Christopher continues to recover after being taken to the hospital in serious condition. New Hartford Police Chief Michael Integra says “both brothers were the subject of a counseling session by church members and were continually subjected to physical punishment for several hours in hopes the brother would confess to prior sins and ask for forgiveness.”
The teens parents Bruce and Deborah Leonard are facing manslaughter charges. 4 others are charged with assault.
A petition to have elected official take the church down has been created and is gaining support.
A Facebook page has also been created to remember Lucas Leonard and continue to pray for Christopher who continues to recover.
A sign was posted outside the church that read 'closed during our time of mourning'.
A memorial has been set up outside the church for Lucas and Christopher Leonard. A candle light service is planned for the brothers Tuesday October 20th. It’ll take place at St Patrick/St Anthony church on Oneida street at 7pm