Pastor Mac Hammond, of Minneapolis, delivered a healing message of hope to the congregation at his 2019 Easter service. Landen Hoffmann, the 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America, has “zero evidence of brain damage, no spinal cord injury, and no nerve damage.”
According to CBS Minnesota, Landen’s grandfather was eager to share the amazing news after doctors assessed a five-hour MRI and called the family’s pastor, who declared the results “truly a miracle.” According to the pastor, the boy’s remarkable recovery has “amazed” doctors.
The Living Word Christian Center posted Hammond’s moving speech in its entirety on Facebook. Hammond himself visited the hospital to receive communion with the family right before Landen’s MRI. “The grandparents were founding members of this church,” Hammond shared. “Their family has been soaked in the word of God for all of their lives.”
The attack on Landen was unprovoked and unforeseen. While Landen was shopping at Minneapolis Mall of America with his mother on April 12, 2019, a stranger with malicious intent picked Landen out of the crowds and threw him 40 feet to the solid ground below. Landen’s mother regaled the shocking sequence of events to the authorities, explaining that she and her son had been standing outside a cafe when a young stranger approached.
To everybody’s shock and horror, he picked up the boy and launched him over the railing of the third-floor balcony.
Authorities apprehended 24-year-old Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda at a nearby light-rail station after he shoved aside a waitress who tried to impede his escape. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder.
As reported by the New York Post, Aranda openly admitted visiting the mall on the previous day as he “planned to kill an adult, because they usually stand near the balcony.” Aranda resides in custody with bail set at $2 million. The court hearing will take place on May 14, 2019.
As for his motive, Aranda admitted to police that he had been rejected by women whom he had approached at the mall in the past. “The rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive,” read the complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court.
After being thrown, Landen was immediately taken to hospital with head trauma of unknown severity and multiple broken bones. A family friend, Noah Hanneman, quickly set up a GoFundMe page to help with the excruciating cost of medical treatment, and at the time of writing, the fund has raised almost US$1 million: the family’s target.
“Landen has a very long road to recovery ahead of him,” Hanneman wrote. “Many people who fall from that distance aren’t as lucky to make it … He has many surgeries ahead in his life to try to get back to a normal life for a young, vibrant boy.”
“The family doesn’t know [Aranda],” Hanneman continued, “and are completely clueless as to why this monster would target their family with this heinous act of violence.”
“The MRI is a testimony itself,” Landen’s grandfather exclaimed, during the joyous telephone call with the family’s pastor. “It’s like he fell off a bicycle instead of off the third storey of the mall.”
“This is resurrection power!” Hammond said.