Holden Matthews Bio
April 10th, 2019 – Deputy sheriff turns in son for arrest over fires at historically black churches in Louisiana
Holden Matthews is a 21 years teenager who is in custody in connection with three recent fires at historically black churches in Louisiana, KATC-TV reports. Investigators have said previously that they believe the fires were intentionally set. Matthews is the son of a St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy.
Holden Matthews Biography, Background Information
According to his Facebook page, Holden Matthews says he is from Opelousas, Louisiana, and now lives in Leonville, Louisiana. He also says on his Facebook page that he is the lead singer and songwriter of a band called Vodka Vultures.
Holden Matthews Family, Father, Mother, Holden Matthews Siblings
Matthews has two siblings, a brother, and a sister, according to his mother’s Facebook page. His father, Roy Mathews has been a deputy in St. Landry Parish for several years.
Holden Matthews Arrest
Holden Matthews is in custody in connection with the fires, KATC-TV reported. Matthews is the son of St. Landry Parish Deputy Roy Matthews, according to family member’s Facebook pages.
Holden Matthews Case Police Statements
According to St. Landry Parish Jail records, Matthews was booked into custody at 5:32 p.m. It is not known if investigators have determined a motive for the fires.
Holden Matthews Case Police Press Conference
A press conference for Thursday, April 11th, scheduled by the authorities is set to reveal more details about the investigation. Police and prosecutors have not yet commented about the arrest. The investigation into the fires has been led by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s office, along with local, state and federal investigators, including the FBI and ATF.
In a statement, Lousiana State Fire Marshall H. “Butch” Browning said about the fires: “There is clearly something happening in this community. That’s why it’s imperative that the citizens of this community be part of our effort to figure out what it is.” He said in a press conference, before anyone was in custody, that they identified patterns which might link the three fires.
“We’re very cognizant that there’s a problem and there is no coincidence there were three fires.”
Holden Matthews Alleged to have set Three Historically Black Churches in Lousiana
The three fires were set at black churches at the end of March and early April 2019. No one was injured during the fires. Police said they were aware of the history of hate crimes against black churches, including a series of fires set in the 1990s, and would do everything in their power to identify the perpetrator.
Because of the small window among these three fires, officials have concerned the fires might be racially motivated. The three fires were labeled as suspicious early on, CNN reported, but it wasn’t known exactly what the cause was or if they were connected. Investigators did say on April 9th that they believed the three fires were intentionally set.
The fires were at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas, and St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre. St. Mary was the first, catching fire on March 2th6 at 3:40 a.m. on the 100 blocks of Saqueget Road in Port Barre. Most of the church was destroyed in the fire, with only part of the brick exterior left behind.
Greater Union Baptist Church caught fire on April 2nd and Mt. Pleasant caught fire on April 4th. The Greater Union fire in the 1400 block of Hwy 742 in Opelousa was reported around 1:45 a.m. Firefighters quickly realized the church couldn’t be saved, according to KATC-TV. Rev. Harry Richard said he felt like there was no hope when he saw the church in flames.
The third fire at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, in the 3900 block of Highway 182, destroyed a church that had existed for more than 140 years. Rev. Gerald Toussaint told The Daily Advertiser: “By the time I got back here, it was gone. My church has a lot of history. I don’t understand it. What could make a person do that to a church?”
Holden Matthews Religious Views
Holden Matthews He Was a Member of Several Facebook Groups Where He Talked about Philosophy & Commented Once About History Being Burned. He Also Said That He ‘Loves Learning About Other Cultures and Faiths.’ He was a member of a Facebook group called Followers of the Old Way.
His last post in that group dated February 12th read: “Anyone else here follow rocketry?” Rokkatru is a type of paganism. For the most part, he participated in philosophical discussions. When someone said they thought they would only go to Valhalla if they died in combat, he wrote: “I’m pretty sure you don’t HAVE to die in combat to go,Ragnar didn’t and many ultra skilled warriors didn’t because they were good at what they did but many were destined to also become leaders after war so I’m pretty sure there’s still a chance of Valhalla for survivor warriors.”
Holden Matthews Religion
Mathews identified as an Asatru, a religion which believes in the ancient Germanic spirits and Gods. In one Facebook he said that his faith is “in Asatru” but he loves learning about cultures and faiths, especially Polynesian. In a later post, he wrote about how all gods and humans have their light and dark sides. He wrote once about needing to put down a baby chick at his workplace that sold live chickens because it was screaming and in pain from a disease. And at times he posted encouraging notes to others or self-deprecating jokes.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) April 11, 2019
Louisiana State Fire Marshall:
“An Opelousas man has been taken into custody in connection with arson fires at three churches in St. Landry Parish. Holden Matthews, 21, was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on three counts of Simple Arson of a Religious Building.” pic.twitter.com/Qnf2C71rGO
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 11, 2019
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) April 11, 2019
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