Boy, 9, kept singing gospel song until abductor freed him
A NINE-year-old boy who was kidnapped from his driveway has told his church how he was freed after singing a gospel song.
Police say a man kidnapped then nine-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway earlier this month.
He allegedly drove the boy around for some time before dropping him off unharmed in East Point, Atlanta website 11Alive reports.
Willie says he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man let him go after about three hours.
Community leaders held a meeting in Willie's honor, celebrating his happy ending, but also telling other parents and children what to do if this happens to them.
In front of a crowded sanctuary at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Willie said while he was singing, the man kept cursing and telling him to shut up before eventually kicking him out.
"He opened the door and threw me out," Willie said. "He told me not to tell anyone."
Willie's story traveled fast and soon caught the ear of Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Hezekiah Walker -- the man who performed the song.
"It's just emotional to me because you never know who you're going to touch," Walker told 11Alive.
Upon hearing the story, Walker made the decision to fly from New York City to Atlanta to meet Willie.
"I just wanted to hug him and tell him I love him," Walker said.