Sunday School Teacher Killed in Home Invasion House Fire

All that is left of the home of John and Nancy Alford after the fire on Friday morning

All that is left of the home of John and Nancy Alford after the fire on Friday morning

Amid the rubble, they've found the couple bound to a chair. He said he spent his childhood summers at the house, which was on the line between Littleton in North Carolina and Henrico in Virginia.

Community members have planned a prayer vigil, "Light up the Night: Push Back the Darkness", to take place 5 p.m., Friday, at the remains of the Mulberry Court house, across from the Wildwood Point subdivision entrance on Lizard Creek Road.

One of the intruders drove Mrs. Alford to an undisclosed State Employees' Credit Union branch in Roanoke Rapids and forced her to withdraw money from an ATM, while the second intruder stayed in the home with her husband, the sheriff's office said.

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Johnny Williams, Warren County sheriff, said Monday, "I can't make any more comments on this case, it has been turned over to the SBI".

According to the Lake Gaston authorities, on early Friday morning, two unknown individual donning masks have entered the home of John Alford, a minister at Broadnax's Sanford Memorial Baptist Church. John Alford was beaten by the thieves but managed to escape, however, he was unable to rescue his wife, who died, Williams said. His wife taught Sunday school at the church.

The couple was then placed inside the home, which was set on fire. The vehicle has been found in Haywood County, authorities confirmed.

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Police have not yet released suspect descriptions.

The State Bureau of Investigation and the State Highway Patrol are assisting in the investigation.

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