American missionary John Allen Chau was reportedly killed on November 16 when he was attacked with bows and arrows by inhabitants on Sentinel Island. Travel to the island by outsiders is prohibited by the Indian government. Despite the ban on visitors, Chau went to the island on multiple occasions. His mother released her son’s notes to The Washington Post, according to News Corp Australia. The last words he penned to his family on November 16 were: “God, I don’t want to die.”

Ignored ban on travel to remote region

Chau allegedly died in a brutal manner after ignoring the prohibition on outsiders traveling too close to the region’s shores or setting foot on the island, which the Sentinelese people are known to fiercely defend.

They do not want outsiders of any kind intruding. News Corp Australia relayed that the area is inhabited by “five Stone Age tribes.” They are thought to be “the last in existence.”

The island’s people live primitively, without contact with the rest of the world. There is a reason that the government is doing its utmost to protect the inhabitants from intruders. Chau, however, seemed to be on a mission or, as the News Corp noted, advance a “bizarre plan” to covert the Sentinelese to Christianity.

He was determined to “establish the kingdom of Jesus.”

Police contend missionary visited region to ‘proselytize’

Dependra Pathak, director general of police of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, stated that Chau went to India “on a tourist visa,” according to CNN. In October, though, he went to the islands in Pathak’s jurisdiction “to proselytize.” He further stated that the police “refuse” to reference Chau as a tourist, despite what his visa claims.

Confusion emerges, no verification of attack and no body

A week following Chau’s reported death, confusing details continue to emerge.

For one thing, there are conflicting reports surfacing that relate to the missionary’s age. Authorities in India cite one age while a Christian ministry is claiming another age. Chau was either 26 or 27. Also, law enforcement authorities have not “independently verified” that he was actually killed, according to news agencies, including CNN.

Conservationists angered by visits to region

After a number of Chau’s visits to the island, the locals’ patience with him was tried one too many times when he was allegedly attacked and killed, several news organizations have reported. Conservation groups are reportedly angered by Chau’s visit to the isolated island region. Their belief is that his presence “endangered the tribe’s safety,” NBC News relayed.

Victim of tribesmen made repeat trips, since 2015

Pathak explained that the recent visits that Chau made to Sentinel Island were by far not new to him. Chau also spent time visiting in 2015, as well as in 2016, according to NBC. In addition to Pathak stating that Chau made trips to the area in the past, Chau also shared photos on his Instagram account. One of the photos was taken in December 2016. His caption stated, “Island living. It’s freezing cold in Indianapolis right now, but it was crazy warm here in the Andamans where I was the only American on the Island!”

Seven area fishermen were reportedly arrested for facilitating Chau’s recent trips to the forbidden island. Fearing for their own safety, though, they towed a kayak that he used to paddle himself to shore.

The fisherman received $325 for helping Chau, according to Pathak.

Not confirmed dead while police try to recover body

Police have not confirmed Chau was killed in an attack with bows and arrows. The problem is reportedly in recovering where the fisherman alleged he was buried in the sand. The police, working along with the forest department, is determining how to recover Chau’s body.

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