A family found itself forced to chase down a thief who stole the hearse with the casket of their dead relative, ahead of funeral service outside a Southern California church on Saturday.
The hearse had been idling outside Ebenezer Baptist Church in South Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Times reports, while the funeral director was arranging the flowers for 19-year-old Jont├⌐ Lee Reed’s funeral.
Shirley Little, the pastor’s wife, said the funeral director called ministry friends for help when he saw that the hearse had gone missing. She said that family members on their way to the funeral had been notified of the missing hearse and stopped it four blocks from the church. Reed’s aunt Johnnie Fortune told KTLA:
When I got there, there’s no hearse, there’s no body. A lot of people went chasing after the car.
The deceased man’s relatives forced the hearse driver to pull over and battled with him both verbally and physically, KTLA reports. The hearse was eventually reclaimed and returned on a truck and the funeral was only delayed by 30 minutes. Police have detained the man and his mental condition will be evaluated. He will be charged with auto-theft. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The hearse was stolen from outside a Southern California church ahead of funeral service on Saturday.
2. The hearse was idling outside Ebenezer Baptist Church in South Los Angeles while the funeral director arranged flowers.
3. The relatives of 19-year-old Jont├⌐ Lee Reed were horrified when they found out about the hearse being stolen.
4. ‘When I got there, there’s no hearse, there’s no body,’ said Reed’s aunt Johnnie Fortune.
5. The hearse was stolen from outside Ebenezer Baptist Church (pictured) in South Los Angeles.
And here is the video report:
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