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Memorial Service To Be Held For UN Worker Killed In Congo

Michael Sharp (left) and Tim Huber (right). Taken while they worked together in Germany.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday at the Hesston Mennonite Church for Michael J. Sharp. Sharp was killed last month in the Democratic Republic of Congo while working there to convince people that violence is not a solution.

Sharp, called MJ by his friends, was killed in March during an investigative mission for the United Nations. He is survived by his mother and father, who live in Hesston, Kansas.

"We have hope that peaceful solutions work," says friend Tim Huber. "They may not be easy, they may not be quick, but they do work."

Huber, an associate editor of the Mennonite World Review, worked with Sharp in Germany. He says that MJ touched quite a few people in his short 34 years.

"He has friends and colleagues coming to Kansas from all over the country and all over the world," Huber says.

The service begins at 4 p.m. at the Hesston Mennonite Church, with a slide show to precede it at 3:30 p.m.


Aileen LeBlanc is news director at KMUW. Follow her on Twitter @Aileen_LeBlanc.

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