No known criminal record. No known history of violence. One friend called him an introverted animal lover. Another said he was a “very sweet guy” with a racially diverse group of friends.
But 21-year-old Holden Matthews is now the lone suspect in the torching of three African American churches in and around Opelousas, Louisiana.
The arrest of the son of a local sheriff’s deputy shocked two friends who spoke to .
Meanwhile, pastors of the churches expressed relief that the mystery had apparently been solved.