Harrisonburg Man Among Those Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Jeremy Aldrich -- August 9th, 2010

The Associated Press has identified Harrisonburg resident Brian Carderelli, 25, as another victim of an attack on a Christian aid mission in northern Afghanistan.  Nine others in the group were also killed, including EMU graduate Glen Lapp, as previously reported. The Taliban have claimed responsibility.

Carderelli, a 2009 JMU graduate, was working as the videographer for the team and some of the videos and photos from his travels in Afghanistan were still available on his Facebook page and a personal Shutterfly page as of Monday morning.  Carderelli was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg.

On Saturday, a Taliban spokesman claimed that Dari-language Bibles were found among the group’s possessions and accused the team of proselytizing and spying in the officially Muslim nation.  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said those were “false allegations” and some doubt has been cast on whether the murders were carried out by the Taliban or by others.

21 Responses to “Harrisonburg Man Among Those Killed in Afghanistan Attack”

  1. Brooke says:

    Prayers go out to the families affected by the loss of their loved ones.

  2. Marti Eads says:

    Psalm 116:15 (King James Version) Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

    Giving thanks for the lives of Brian Carderelli, Glen Lapp, and those from all nations who risk their lives to show Christ’s mercy.

  3. Norma Jean Hampton says:

    I continue to be grateful that we live in a free country. We can read, debate, write and carry out those exercises with others without them being so afraid of our message that they have to resort to murder to silence us. The message that echoes in my head today is: Jesus loves me, this I know; for the Bible tells me so. Pray for the fear-riddled Muslims.

    • All of Afghanistan is a war zone Norma. “Murder” is a useless term. Try “random, senseless killing”.

    • Emmy says:

      I’m not going to start a religious debate on a thread about the loss of a young man. But, I have to say that Muslims are no more “fear-riddled” than Christians.

      • Beth says:

        1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” The truth of the gospel is that we need not fear, if we belong to Christ.

  4. I was trying to check on this story in the internet, where it does not seem to have really been fully accepted or confirmed, with a note on his facebook from a family member being the main source. It is sad if it is true.

    Oh, and his name is “Cardarelli,” not “Carderelli,” apparently.

    • Dianne says:

      No, it is Carderelli. I am so sad for the entire Carderelli family. My heartfelt prayers go out to them all.

  5. cook says:

    Brian is identified at the end of this World Magazine article: http://www.worldmag.com/webextra/17010

  6. I guess it is “Carderelli,” but the WHSV site has him as “Cardarelli,” and when it was the only place reporting the story based on the facebook entry, that was how it was getting spelled if one made a search.

  7. kuato says:

    My impression is that this was a group of people who were on a humanitarian mission to offer medical assistance to people too remote or poor to find it from another soure. They were most likely killed in a robbery. Their murder is a horrible loss.

    Apparently the Taliban released a false message indicating that there was a religious motivation behind the killings. It seems that they did this in hopes of fabricating some justification for the actions of a peripheral group that behaved out of avarice rather than from a religious or political motivation. They LIED to make it seem that these humanitarians were wolves in sheeps clothing peddling religion under the guise of humanitarian generosity.

    Clearly the Taliban seeks to validate its actions by making this into a Christian v. Muslim story. Better, though, that we see it for what it is. Good people tried to help other people. They lost their lives to common thieves and murderers. Those theives and murderers don’t deserve to be elevated to freedom-fighters and Muslim soldiers by Taliban propaganda. Good people were killed by bad people for selfish reasons. Why buy hype proffered by terrorists seeking to promote religious prejudice and religious war?

    My condolences go out to the families of those humanitarians killed in Afghanistan, along with my sincerest hopes that those on both sides who seek to USE their deaths to spread hatred and dissention under the guise of religion will fail.

  8. There are reports going around that robbery may have been the primary motive, whether the people who did it are actually Taliban-affiliated or not. There is no question that whoever from the Taliban was claiming “responsibility” for this was lying about them handing out Bibles or spying. This group simply has never done this, and Tom Little has been in there since the Soviet-backed government was in power, surviving through the period of outright Taliban rule, which makes this supposedly Taliban-affiliated killing all the more absurd and awful.

  9. Emmy says:

    I’m so sick of seeing the faces of young men and women who have been killed in this senseless war.

  10. Kevin Edwards says:

    “Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.” – Oscar Wilde

  11. Amy says:

    My heart was grived when I heard the news. 10 men laid down their lives for Christ. So we in Return need to do the Same. To be the hands & feet of Jesus. To be able to look at the life that have gone before us & who have died for their Faith.

    These men as well as Brian will be remember always. That there work for us to do & that we need to continue to carry it out. To be open to what the Lord is asking of us.

    Praying for Brian Carderelli & his family during these times.

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