A heartbreaking tweet sent from Christian author and pastor Ergun Caner's twitter account Wednesday confirmed the tragic news of his 15-year-old son Braxton's death that had been circulating in Christian press since Tuesday.
"No words. No sermon. No funny quotes. No answers. No note," wrote Caner, president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia. "Nothing but excruciating pain & the assurance that I'll see him in Glory."
No words. No sermon. No funny quotes. No answers. No note. Nothing but excruciating pain & the assurance that I'll see him in Glory— Ergun Mehmet Caner (@erguncaner) July 30, 2014
Brewton-Parker College, a Christian school, published a statement acknowledging the loss and offering support to Caner and his family.
"Our hearts are filled with great sorrow as the entire Brewton-Parker College family grieves with its beloved President, Dr. Ergun Caner, his wife Jill, and Drake, their youngest son over the tragic death of their oldest son and big brother, Braxton Paige Caner," it read in part.
The statement noted that Braxton, a high school Sophomore at Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas, was born in 1999 and that he became a Christian at "the tender age of six." He was later baptized by his father at a Virginia church.
The school asked for prayer as the family and the academic community grapple with the teen's death.
Before sending his tragic tweet confirming the loss of his son, Caner also shared 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, a Bible verse which reads, "Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him."
Another of Caner's tweets shows a photo of both him and Braxton submerged in water, presumably taken the day he baptized the young boy in 2006. A tagline that overlays the picture reads, "Time doesn't matter. Moments do."
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14— Ergun Mehmet Caner (@erguncaner) July 30, 2014
January 29, 2006. pic.twitter.com/Tn1lOH34bX— Ergun Mehmet Caner (@erguncaner) July 31, 2014
A service for Braxton is scheduled for Saturday, August 2 at 2 p.m. at New River Church in Hudson Oaks, Texas.
Caner, who wrote the book "Unveiling Islam: An Insider's Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs" about his conversion from Islam to Christianity as a teenager, is well-known in Baptist circles.