MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - A pastor and chaplain with the Prichard Police Department is experiencing a test of faith as she copes with two terrible tragedies. Her home was destroyed by a fire. Then, her son, a Seaman, was killed as he returned home from a two week job.
"I asked God, 'Why are we're going through all of this?'" said Patricia Campbell Zine.
Zine's life has been turned upside down by two tragedies.
First, she was dealing with her home which was destroyed by a fire. The family was outside when it happened. Her 3-year-old granddaughter went inside to use the bathroom but was met by a wall of flames and came running out.
"My grand-baby, 3-years-old, says, 'Big Momma, your house on fire,' so we started laughing. She said, 'It's on fire.' So we are grateful to God in the midst of the fire she came back out - that the fire didn't consume her," added Zine.
The fire, believed to be caused by an electrical problem, started in the ceiling and quickly spread. With no insurance and no belongings, Zine was waiting for the fire to be put out when she got a harrowing phone call.
"Momma, he's dead," said Zine.
Prichard Police said her son, Re-Mano Lee Campbell, was gunned down outside of his Eight Mile home. Family members said Campbell's front door was open, as well as his trunk full of his luggage.
Patrick Zine said, "To be shot that many times, he was caught off guard. He never even made it in his house, and somebody was waiting on him. Right now, I'm just asking for strength and to find out who did it to my brother. My brother, he was never in no gang related situation, no drugs, no alcohol. He served the country."
Campbell left behind a wife and four children. His grieving mother is still trying to make sense of it all.
"I asked my children if they would just gather around me for some strength right now," Zine said. "I just started breaking down."
In the midst of the fire, damage and chaos, Zine said she found Re-Mano's picture in the hallway untouched, and it felt like a sign of hope.
His sister, Anitria Zine Callen, added, "It was his picture right there. Everybody just broke down and started crying. I started smiling because it's letting us know he is all right. Even though the bullets hit him and wounded him, he's alright and God is able. He made it in."
"I Keep telling myself he is in a better place now with God, and his troubles are over," said Patricia Zine. As a pastor, Zine is relying on her faith to get her though.
Police have made no arrests in the murder. Sources said it appears the crime was not a robbery. If you have any information regarding possible suspects, let Prichard Police know.
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