The Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention (LBMEC) has sharply reacted to the death of Reverend Dr. William R. Tolbert, III, saying it is disturbed and saddened about the circumstances surrounding the incident which occurred on the night of Sunday, October 31, 2021 at his residence in Monrovia. The Baptist Convention has therefore demanded a speedy investigation of the untimely death of the prelate, adding that the photo of the late Dr. Tolbert clearly proved that he was murdered.
A release from the Baptist Convention quoted its President, Rev. Dr. Samuel Reeves, Jr. as saying, the alleged murder of Dr. Tolbert undermines the security of the state and continues to instill a sense of apprehension, alarm and fear amongst citizens.
The release further said that Dr. Reeves wants the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice to further conduct an autopsy on the body of Dr. Tolbert and institute an investigation to bring the perpetrators of the alleged act to justice.
The LBMEC’s President is at the sometime calling on Baptists across the Country to remain calm as the Convention works in close consultation with the family of Dr. Tolbert in pursuit of Justice.
Prior to his death, the late Dr. Tolbert served the Baptist Convention as a Senior Elder and a member of the Convention’s Reconciliation Commission. He also served as senior pastor of the Zion Praise Baptist Church.
Dr. William R. Tolbert, III’s, father, the late President William R. Tolbert, Jr. served as former President of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, who was also killed in cold blood on April 12,1980 during the Centennial Anniversary of the Baptist Convention in Liberia.