Pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans was assaulted and carjacked Wednesday (May 16) at a gas station on the west side of Detroit, reports the AP. Winans says four to five young men followed him from inside the station and attacked him as he was putting gas in his car.
Winans is a pastor at the large Perfecting Church on Detroit’s east side and is well known for eulogizing singer Whitney Houston at her February funeral.
Luckily, Winans only had minor scrapes and bruises following the incident, though the young men did make off with his wall containing $200, his $15,000 Rolex watch and his 2012 Infiniti QX56 SUV.
“I’m just saddened that it has come to this. This kind of nonsense just has to stop. It’s just the savageness of what’s happening in the street,” says Winans.
Rev. James Garrett of Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church in southwest Detroit, who lives near the crime scene, tells the Detroit Free Press, “I am shocked, but I’m not shocked that something like this happened at this location.”
Winans’ eulogy for Houston is embedded below.