Boy Sang Gospel Song Until Kidnapper Released Him-Truth!
Boy Sang Gospel Song Until Kidnapper Released Him-Truth!Summary of eRumor:
This is an inspirational story about Willie Myrick who was allegedly abducted by an unknown man in Atlanta, Ga. The boy sang a Gospel song non-stop for three hours, which irritated his kidnapper so much that he eventually released him.The Truth: The incident was real, although the age of Willie Myrick in numerous reports varied from 9 to 11 years of age. According to an April 18, 2014, article by the New York Daily News, an unknown man used cash to lure young Myrick close enough to grab and force the boy into his vehicle on the evening of March 31. During his close to 3 hour ordeal, Myrick repeatedly sang "Every Praise," a Gospel song by Hezekiah Walker. The article said, "[the] tune sent the suspect into a cursing fit and he stopped the car near East Point." The kidnapper opened the car door, released Myrick and warned him not to tell anyone. That was one order that Myrick refused to obey and he has been telling the world about the incident since his release. When artist Hezekiah Walker got news of this, the artist flew from New York to meet with Myrick and his church family at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta to celebrate the boy's 10th birthday. The article said that everybody present joined in the singing of "the life-saving song together as tears rolled down Myrick's cheeks."
Atlanta Police released an all points bulletin (BOLO) with a sketch of the suspect with the offer $10,000 reward for his capture.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Boy Sings Gospel Song Until Kidnapper Releases Him
A young boy may have saved his own life by singing gospel music until his kidnapper let him go.
Earlier this month, then nine-year-old Willie Myrick was kidnapped from his southwest Atlanta driveway by an unknown man. Police say the kidnapper allegedly drove the boy around for hours before dropping him off unharmed in East Point.
During the frightening three hours, Willie says he continued to sing the gospel song “Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker until the kidnapper grew tired of cursing and telling him to shut up. Eventually the man kicked him out.
“He opened the door and threw me out. He told me not to tell anyone,” Willie recounted in front of a crowded sanctuary at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
News of the gospel singing boy quickly spread making its way to the ears of Hezekiah Walker. Inspired by the amazing story, the Grammy-Award winning gospel singer decided to fly from New York to Atlanta to meet Willie.
“It’s just emotional to me because you never know who you’re going to touch,” Walker told 11 Alive’s Blayne Alexander.”I just wanted to hug him and tell him I love him.”
Walker arrived at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on Thursday evening and did just that. He grabbed Willie and gave him a gripping hug as tears ran down the boy’s face. After the emotional moment, Walker led Willie and the rest of the church in singing the song that led to the inspirational story, “Every Praise.”
Currently, Willie’s adbuctor is still at large. Police have release a sketch and are requesting that anyone who knows the man or has any information call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-TIPS.