Responding to a publish about “afrikan spirituality,” Matthews, posting beneath the identify Noctis Matthews, mentioned he can not “stand all these baptists round right here, bunch of brainwashed individuals looking for happiness in a faith that was compelled on their ancestors simply because it was on mine.”
Within the posting, Matthews mentioned he wished that, “extra blacks [sic] individuals would look into historical beliefs of pre Christian Africa.”
An acquaintance, Nygyl Bryyn, confirmed to CNN the profile and alias is that of Holden Matthews. He says his pal just isn’t racist and believes the church buildings had been, “victims of circumstances.”
All three church buildings authorities say Matthews burned down had been black Baptist church buildings within the coronary heart of south central Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole nation.
The suspect is the 21-year-old son of a St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputy and will have been influenced by “black metallic” music and its “related historical past with church burnings,” the state hearth marshal’s workplace mentioned.
CNN reached out to Matthews’ lawyer and the prosecutor’s workplace however haven’t but acquired a response. When CNN requested authorities in the event that they had been conscious of the posting, they mentioned as a result of the investigation was ongoing they’d not element any specific leads they’re following.
Whereas the motive continues to be beneath investigation, authorities mentioned that Matthews’ curiosity in black metallic music might have influenced his conduct.
Black metallic is a subgenre of heavy metallic music that sometimes takes on anti-Christian, satanic and pagan themes.
The black metallic songs sometimes have a quick tempo and have shrieking vocals, closely distorted guitars and unconventional tune buildings.
A tune from the suspect’s band, Pagan Carnage, referenced church burnings.
The day after police say Matthews burned down St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, a video was posted on his band’s YouTube web page of his tune, “Diabolical Soul Feast.”
“The holy church is now destroyed,” Matthews screams within the remaining lyrics of the tune. “Burning down in Odin’s identify.”
Bryyn says that Matthews writes and performs the tune.
The motive for the fires continues to be beneath investigation, and federal officers are wanting into whether or not a hate crime was dedicated. Matthews is charged with three counts of easy arson on a non secular constructing.
Better Union was amongst three traditionally black church buildings in rural St. Landry Parish, west of Baton Rouge, that police mentioned had been deliberately torched over a 10-day span.
St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, situated about six miles southeast of Better Union, burned first on March 26. Better Union Baptist was set ablaze on April 2. Mount Nice Baptist Church burned on April 4.