Father of Ted Cruz to Preach at Shooting Victim's Idaho Church 

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The father of GOP presidential hopeful Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will return to Idaho this weekend. Rafael Cruz was by his son's side in late February and early March when the candidate visited the Gem State prior to winning the March 8 Idaho Republican presidential primary.

The elder Cruz, a Cuban native, came to the United States at the age of 17 knowing little English. He became a Canadian citizen in the early 1970s, but renounced his Canadian citizenship to become a U.S. citizen in 2005. Today, Cruz is an Evangelical Christian minister and calls Carrollton, Texas home.

KREM-TV reports Rafael Cruz will preach Sunday, May 1 at The Altar Church in Coeur d'Alene—the home church of Pastor Tim Remington. Remington gave the invocation at a Ted Cruz rally on March 5 and, the following day, was shot and seriously wounded.
click to enlarge Pastor Tim Remington, 55, of Coeur d'Alene, has served more than 20 years at The Altar Church in Coeur d'Alene. - CHRISTIAN CHARACTER BUILDERS
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  • Pastor Tim Remington, 55, of Coeur d'Alene, has served more than 20 years at The Altar Church in Coeur d'Alene.

The alleged shooter, Kyle Odom, 30, of Coeur d'Alene, reportedly fled to Boise and boarded a plane at the Boise Airport, eventually arriving in Washington,D.C. Odom was arrested March 8 outside the White House, where law enforcement said he had tossed a flash drive and packet of documents over the White House fence. Authorities later said the packet included a lengthy "hypersexualized Martian manifesto" that threatened the lives of scores of people, including dozens of members of the United States Congress.

Remington, who was shot eight times, is slowly recuperating at home and various guest pastors have filled in for him at The Altar Church since the shooting. 

Meanwhile, Odom has been ordered by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to be brought back to Idaho to stand trial on the charge of attempted murder.

In addition to the visit from Rafael Cruz, parishioners are expected to attend a fundraiser on May 1, scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Coeur d'Alene Resort to benefit Remington. The event is being sponsored by Good Samaritan Rehabilitation.
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