ANADARKO — If the Rev. Carol Daniels’ killer or killers desired to silence her spiritual message, they failed miserably. That fact became clear Friday night during a prayer vigil at Greater First Baptist Church in the same northeast neighborhood where Daniels preached at Christ Holy Sanctified Church. More than 125 people crowded into the tiny Baptist church to praise Daniels, her spiritual walk, and most of all, God. The emotional service brought together pastors from several denominations and even strangers. Daniels’ family sat in the front row, weeping silently. "This Sunday, all over this community, are we gonna serve fearlessly or are we gonna cower and stay away from Christ our Savior?” asked Pastor Donnie Edmondson of the Virginia Avenue Baptist Church of Anadarko. "I think Reverend Carol would want us to serve fearlessly.” Edmondson’s words brought forth shouts of, "Amen!” Fear has gripped this Caddo County community of 6,600 people since police found the mutilated and bloodied body of Daniels inside her church about noon Sunday. The body of the Oklahoma City woman had been staged in an unnatural position behind the church altar, and she had been savagely stabbed about the throat, back and chest. But on this night, Daniels was praised as the true victor. "She did not die in vain!” shouted Pastor Andrew Ware of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Carnegie. "She did not die in vain! She did not die in vain because her Lord — her God — is on the throne!” Ware’s words brought the congregation to its feet. People rocked, swayed, and sang joyously in honor of the slain pastor. Edmondson stressed that the best way to honor Daniels was to remain in a Christian walk. "I’ve heard it said that this Sunday people should take up their guns when they go to church,” Edmondson said. "But the last thing we need are pistol-packing Christians. And we don’t need pistol-packing preachers, either. If you’re gonna arm yourself, arm yourself with the word of God.”
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