George Knoop, an elder with the Quisqueya Chapel, was attacked
inside his home by an unknown assailant in the Delmas suburb of the
Haitian capital on May 13.
After the attack, the 77-year-old former Chicago-area teacher
managed to place a cellphone call for help but was unable to speak,
said Charles Ronald, 28, who was Knoop's roommate for two years.
Friends rushed to his house and found him on the floor in a pool of
"I studied the Bible with him and he helped me a lot. He was
generous, helping people, paying for their school, their rents,
their food," Ronald said.
During the memorial friends took the microphone to pay tribute,
standing next to the Haitian and U.S. flags.
"We all know how special he was, a beautiful person. He loved to
pray," said another roommate, Andy Ripp. "I'm sad but happy because
I know now he's in deep sleep with God."
The motive for the stabbing is unknown and no suspects have been
arrested, according to police. Some media reports have said that a
computer was missing and a knife was recovered at the scene.
"While nothing is certain, there is a high likelihood that this was
not a crime of opportunity, but premeditated murder," according to a
blog post by fellow church member Zach Segaar-King.
Knoop also worked as a volunteer in Haiti sorting mail and packages
for Florida-based Missionary Flights International, a group of
pilots who fly Christian charity missions to Haiti, the Dominican
Republic and the Bahamas.
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Joe Karabensh, a senior vice president with the group, said Knoop
moved to Haiti after hearing at his church about the earthquake that
killed more than 200,000 people.
"He heard about the desperate need in Haiti and felt God wanted him
there," he said.
He said Knoop taught Bible classes and mentored young men. Knoop was
divorced and did not have children.
When Knoop moved to Haiti "he gave away everything, his TV, his car,
his clothes," Pastor Larry McCarthy, his pastor at Moody Church in
Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune.
(Additional reporting by Kevin Gray; Editing by David Adams, Cynthia
Osterman, Eric Walsh and Mohammad Zargham)
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