Mississippi pastor murdered outside church just before Sunday services

Published 9:05 pm Sunday, January 13, 2019

A 63-year-old pastor of a small Jackson church was killed and robbed Sunday morning as he opened the doors to his church, a Jackson TV station reported.

Antony Finch Longino was found dead outside his small Jackson church, New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church on Hill Avenue, WLBT reported. A sign outside the church identified Longino was the church’s pastor.

The shooting reportedly occurred at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday, just an hour before Sunday School was to have been held and two hours before Longino would have taken the pulpit.

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Police believe Longino was robbed after the shooting and that his truck, a blue 2018 Dodge Ram with license plate no. A110355, was stolen.

A Facebook profile for Anthony Longino that appeared to belong to the victim indicated he had attended New Hebron High School and studied accounting at Jackson State University.