Young Man Found Hanging From Tree In New Jersey Was A Preacher’s Kid


On June 28, 20-year-old Amani Kildea was found dead hanging from a tree in Morris Township, New Jersey. 

“As of this time, no evidence of a criminal act has yet been found, however, our efforts to determine what occurred remain very active,” Prosecutor Frederic Knapp said in a statement. “We have followed and continue to follow all investigative leads and will go where the evidence takes us.”

The Morris County Medical Examiner determined his death a suicide, but speculators suggest foul play due to his work to expose pedophiles.

“Amani’s work in the community to expose sexual predators was brave, but dangerous, leaving him vulnerable to retaliation from those criminals,” Black Lives Matter Morristown Founder T’Anna Kimbrough told the Morristown Green. “Despite [the local prosecutor’s] assertion that there is ‘no cause to believe there is any criminality involved’ in his death by hanging, Amani’s work in the community sheds light on a possible motive to kill and silence him.”

Kildea, an Ethiopian native who was adopted by Pastor Tom Kildea of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Succasunna and his wife Janice, was described in his obituary as the “happiest with a friend and a ball.” 

Kildea had recently graduated from military police basic training in the United States Army Reserve this year and had plans to attend James Madison University in the Fall. His goal was to join the FBI or CIA. 

His family is in our prayers.

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  • Maria Benton says:

    I pray all things that believed to be concealed in secrecy will be revealed by the power God. We as the people of God need to learn how to let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus… Ask God for what you want, believe Him for it, and trust in the things He has already spoken to you. Also, be mindful that God bottles the tears of His people. Lean on the Comforter for which He is assigned to comfort, bring all things to your remembrance.

    Warm Regards,

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