Bodies of Indian Children found in Missouri City Creek
Missouri City (USA), SVM News, June 7, 2007: The bodies of Simpson Simon, 12, and Sharon Simon, 10, were discovered on the banks of Oyster Creek near Murphy Road in Missouri City on Saturday morning. The siblings, children of Simon Jacob and Cicily Thomas of Mudiyoorkunnel were reported missing on 1st of June, Friday night.
Simpson Simon and Sharon Simon
According to police reports, Simon Jacob was with the children at the family's home near the 4500 block of Shadow Briar when the children apparently decided to walk to a nearby Wal-Mart. Cicily Thomas discovered the children missing when she returned home from work at 9 p.m.
Missouri City police officers, along with officers and bloodhounds from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, were mobilized to search the area surrounding the home before the children's sandals were located near FM 1092.
Houston Police Department divers retrieved Sharon's body at 7:30 a.m. and Simpson's body was found 15 feet away five hours later. Foul play was not suspected, they said.
They are the immigrants from Mudiyoorkunnel House of Kuruppanthara at Kottayam in India. Recently they purchased the Missouri City home.
Rev. James Charuvil said to the Salem Voice Ministries (SVM) News Service that Simon and Cicily are parents and they had only two children, so it's a big loss for them. Rev. James Cheruvil is the pastor of Knanaya Catholic Community Center in at Houston. "It's very sad. They were a close family. It affects lots of the (Indian) community," he added.
A prayer service, sponsored by the Knanaya Catholic Community, was held at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Saturday evening. The wake for the children is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday from 5-10 p.m. at the Houston Knanaya Catholic Community Center, 2210 Staffordshire Road in Missouri City. Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 12627 W. Bellfort in Sugar Land.
"As Christians, we must have faith. We are pilgrims here. We are just travelers here and everyone has to die. We have to convince (the parents) to accept the truth. It takes time." Rev. James Cheruvil said.
Rev. Paul Ciniraj, Director of Salem Voice Ministries and the National President of the Christian Ministers of the Churches of India (CMCI) visited Mudiyoorkunnel family at Kuruppanthara in Kottayam in India and expressed deep condolence on behalf of the Christian news services and medias around the globe.
SALEM VOICE MINISTRIES NEWS SERVICE (SVM NEWS)
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