No arrests after NC pastor beaten, wife killed in home invasion, arson

No arrests after NC pastor beaten, wife killed in home invasion, arson

LITTLETON, N.C. — Authorities in North Carolina are searching for two suspects after a Sunday school teacher was killed and a pastor severely injured after a home invasion robbery ended with a house fire.

Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams said the couple, John and Nancy Alford, arrived at their home Friday morning and found the robbers inside. The sheriff said the suspects made Nancy drive to a bank and withdraw $1,000 before forcing the couple inside the home and setting it on fire.

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Williams said John Alford escaped but couldn't rescue his wife.

The fire killed Nancy Alford, who taught at Sanford Memorial Baptist Church in Brodnax, Virginia. John Alford suffered burns and smoke inhalation. He preached at the church for the past 10 years.

The robbers fled in the couple's car, which has been recovered.

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