American Missionary Slain in Philippines ‘Thrill-Killing’
COTABATO, Philippines (AP) _ An American missionary was shot to death by a suspected drug addict for no other reason than for the apparent ″thrill″ of it, the military said Wednesday.
The Rev. John Speers, 42, was talking with acquaintances Tuesday afternoon along a roadside when one of three suspected drug addicts shot him at close range with a handgun, said Rev. Kevin Johnson, a fellow missionary.
Army Col. Herminio Limon called the murder ″an apparent case of thrill- killing.″ The three assailants escaped but have been identified, he said.
Speers, a native of Washington state, is survived by his Canadian wife Brenda and their two children, aged 5 and 2. His hometown was not given.