Prayer service held for slain Apex teen
Peace Presbyterian Church in Cary held a private prayer service Sunday night for Matthew Josiah Silliman, the Apex teenager found murdered this week at an unoccupied home in New Hill.Posted — Updated
Silliman was first reported missing by his parents on Nov. 26. His body was identified Thursday. Wake County sheriff's investigators have said he was killed on Nov. 30 by four other Wake County teens.
Silliman's favorite tree – located on the church's grounds – gave the adventurous Boy Scout an idea. He talked to O'Neal about his plans after spotting the area on the satellite images of Google Earth.
Even after reaching the pinnacle of Boy Scouts, Silliman helped found a Sea Scouts group, which taught nautical skills.
While some friends say the 18-year-old had recently grown distant, O'Neal said he was simply a good-hearted person.
"Matt has always been energetic and creative, just a little different," O'Neal said.
"This makes absolutely no sense to me. But we're taught that God has purpose and he's working his purpose out,” O'Neal said.
O'Neal said the last thing he talked with Silliman about was placing a bench on his church gathering spot. The Scouts and the church's congregation plan to add the bench in Silliman's honor. They are also holding a public memorial service for him Monday at 4 p.m. at the church.
Allegra Rose Dahlquist, 17, of 601 Walcott Way in Cary; Ryan Patrick Hare, 18, of 100 Walnut Hill Court in Apex; Aadil Shahid Khan, 17, of 901 Bristol Blue St. in Apex and Drew Logan Shaw, 16, of 107 Woolard Way in Apex, were arrested Wednesday and charged with Silliman's murder.
The four suspects were being held in the Wake County jail. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 22.
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