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American Missionary Slain in Philippines ‘Thrill-Killing’

June 12, 1991

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.

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