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Family of Mall of America victim will not confirm pastor's comments on child's injuries

John Reinan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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"Thank you for respecting our family's privacy through this unimaginable time," the statement continued. "We remain steadfast in our faith. Thank you so much and keep praying."

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, has been charged with attempted premeditated first-degree homicide in the April 12 attack. He is being held at the Hennepin County jail in lieu of $2 million bond.

In his Easter remarks, Hammond told the congregation that Landen's mother had "a premonition" as she arrived at the mall to meet a friend that day.

"The Holy Ghost warned her," Hammond said. "A dread came over her."

But she didn't think she should leave, he continued.

"And so she prayed," he said. "And she called on the ministering angels to hedge them about."

After the attack, Hammond said, Landen's mother ran down the stairs to where he lay 40 feet below.


And to the horrified bystanders, "she would say, 'Just pray,' " Hammond continued. " 'Don't say anything, just pray.' "

Some days after the attack, Hammond told the congregation, Landen's grandfather called him after the boy had undergone a five-hour MRI session.

"Well, the MRI is a testimony itself," the grandfather said, according to Hammond. "There was zero evidence of brain damage."

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