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South Florida Youth Pastor Killed in Burkina Faso Terrorist Attack

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    Parishioners are mourning a Hollywood youth pastor who was killed in a terror attack in Burkino Faso in west Africa. NBC 6's Michael Spears reports. (Published Monday, Jan. 18, 2016)

    A South Florida youth pastor was one among more than two dozen killed by Al-Qaeda linked militants in an attack in the capital of Burkina Faso, West Africa.

    Mike Riddering, 45, a youth pastor at Hollywood Community Church, was at a cafe when gunmen entered and opened fire.

    The South Florida native had had been living in Africa with his family since 2011, where Riddering led an orphanage and a woman's crisis center.

    "They left everything to go serve some of the neediest in the world. And that's been a message that has been contagious here at his home church, but also at other churches in the community," said Brian Burkholder, Pastor of Hollywood Community Church.

    South Florida Youth Pastor Killed in Burkina Faso Terrorist Attack

    [MI] South Florida Youth Pastor Killed in Burkina Faso Terrorist Attack
    A South Florida youth pastor was one among more than two dozen killed by Al-Qaeda linked militants in an attack in the capital of Burkina Faso, West Africa.
    (Published Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016)

    Riddering leaves behind a wife and four children.

    Hollywood Community Church plans to host a memorial service when the Riddering's family returns.

    A memorial fund has been set up to assist Riddering's wife and family. Click here to donate.

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