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    Who shot and killed an American Missionary in Bamenda?


    An American missionary was shot and killed in Cameroon Tuesday, his brother confirmed to ABC News, and his family says they believe he was targeted amid growing violence in Cameroon.

    Charles Wesco, his wife Stephanie, and their eight children had moved to Bamenda, less than two weeks ago. After years of missions to Africa, the Wesco family had decided to permanently move to the country from Indiana after a visit there in 2015.
    Charles and his family

    "Their objective was to share the love of Christ with people in a very poor and strife-ridden country," his brother Timothy Wesco told ABC News. "That was their passion, and that was their life -- to share Jesus Christ."

    But Tuesday morning, while driving into town to go shopping, Charles was shot. He was taken to one of the local hospitals where he was treated by Doctors Without Borders, Timothy said, but was declared dead shortly after arriving.

    "It appears that he was targeted," Timothy said, adding later it was "quite probable he was targeted because he was a white, English-speaking American."

    Some Cameroonian media reported that Wesco was shot by government forces, but his brother could not confirm that.

    The State Department told ABC News that a U.S. citizen died in Bamenda and that it is providing full consular services to the family, but declined to provide any other details.

    "We're very concerned about the safety of the family," Timothy Wesco said. While Stephanie and the eight children are still in the country right now, the family hopes to get them out soon, he added.

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    Source: ABC News
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