Missionary dies in a hail of arrows on visit to tribe

John Chau of Washington was killed by an endangered tribe Indian officials said
John Chau lived in Washington state. Instagram John Chau

26 November, 2018

On the island, Chau was attacked by the Sentinelese who shot arrows at him.

It struck a book Chau was carrying, which an acquaintance said was a Bible. Chau returned later that day with arrow injuries.

That night, he wrote about his visit and left his notes with the fishermen.

On November 16, he told the fishermen he would again canoe to the island but this time stay there, instructing them to return home and pass on his notes.

"In the morning of 17 November, they saw a dead person being buried at the shore which from the silhouette of the body, clothing and circumstances appeared to be the body of Chau", the release said clearly defining the circumstances leading to Chau's death, nearly five days after the incident.

"It was a case of misdirected adventure", Mr Pathak said.

He was apparently killed by arrows, but the cause of death can not be confirmed until his body is recovered.

"He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and best friend to us".

They police are in the process of registering two FIRs, against the seven accomplices of Chau they have arrested so far.

The Sentinelese fired arrows at an Indian Coast Guard helicopter that went to help after the 2004 tsunami. Chau's Instagram feed displays his grotesquely swollen leg and says he spent several days in a hospital.

"The report of the Home Ministry, as well as Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is yet to be received", the statement said.

Local media have reported that Chau "may have wanted to meet the tribe to preach Christianity to them" and "Seven fishermen have been arrested for illegally ferrying the American to the island", police say.

The Sentinelese tribe is known to resist all contact with outsiders, often firing arrows at anyone who comes near.

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Police have launched an investigation, Deepak Yadav, a police official in the island chain in the Bay of Bengal, said in a statement late on Tuesday. They can not be prosecuted and any contact with them or entry into their area is illegal.

The following morning, his body was dragged across a beach and buried in the sand, Pathak said, adding: "This was a misplaced adventure in a highly protected area".

According to the Covenant Journey organization, which organizes trips to Israel, Chau participated in a tour of the country in August 2015. "Do not blame the natives if I am killed", one of the entries said.

Chau was apparently shot and killed by arrows, but the cause of death can't be confirmed until his body is recovered, Pathak said.

Mr. Staver said Chau's last notes to his family on November 16 told them that they might think he was insane but that he felt it was worth it and asked that they not be angry if he was killed.

"If he was taking a risk, he was very aware of it", Prince said. He went on to graduate from Oral Roberts University, a Christian college in Oklahoma, in 2014, with a degree health and exercise science. Chau and others on the team traveled to South Africa to volunteer at a soccer development and social leadership program Prince founded, Ubuntu Football Academy.

Mr Prince described his friend as easy to like, kind, joyful and driven by twin passions: a love of the outdoors and fervent Christianity.

Chau, 26, was from southwestern Washington state, where he attended Vancouver Christian High School. Phone messages left with relatives were not immediately returned Wednesday.

Chau's family posted a tribute on his Instagram and said they forgave those "reportedly responsible for his death". To others, he was "a Christian missionary, a wilderness EMT, an global soccer coach, and a mountaineer", his family wrote.

"He loved God, life and helping those in need, and he had nothing but love for the Sentinelese people".

Some believe that these people are descendants of the first humans from Africa and have termed them the most risky tribe in the world. The sensitive tribe has been living here for 60,000 years. The group's global director, Stephen Corry, told reporters that this particular incident was a "tragedy that should never have been allowed to happen".

According to AFP sources, Chau "tried to reach the Sentinel island on November 14 but could not make it".

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