Willie Myrick, a boy from Atlanta, was kidnapped from his driveway on Monday, March 31, 2014.
The kidnapper allegedly used some money to lure the then 9-year-old close enough to grab him and pull him into the car. He then drove away with the boy.
When he was in the car, Willie did something that many 9-year-olds in the same situation may not think of doing. He sang a gospel song.
The kidnapper drove around for three hours. During this time, Willie sang his favorite gospel song, “Every Praise,” repeatedly. This did not excite the kidnapper one bit.
“He kept cursing and telling me to shut up,” Willie recounted. Eventually, the kidnapper couldn’t take it anymore; he kicked the boy out of the car. The boy was released unharmed in East Point.
What Willie did probably saved his life; there is no telling what the kidnapper’s plan was. The story quickly spread and soon landed on the ears of the man who performed the song. The Grammy Award-winning singer Hezekiah Walker was emotional. “You never know who you’re going to touch,” he told Blyne Alexander.
Hezekiah Walker meets Myrick
Walker was so happy that he flew to Atlanta from New York to meet Willie. The singer grabbed the boy into a tight hug when he entered to a standing ovation at Mt Carmel Baptist Church sanctuary. Willie wouldn’t help but shed tears. The singer then led the church in singing the song, Every Praise.
Community leaders later gathered to warn families about kidnappings. They then advised parents and children on what to do in case of a seizure. This was in a ceremony to celebrate Myrick and his safe return.
Until now, the Atlanta police department has not yet reported on whether they managed to track down the man who kidnapped the 9-year-old.
We are glad Willy Myrick was able to be reunited with his family. It is incredible how a simple act of faith could save one from a complicated ordeal. Please SHARE this with your friends and family.