Duggar Murder Shocker: Inside Jill & Derick Dillard's Terror Over Slaughtered Friend

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May 19 2017, Published 9:56 a.m. ET

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Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard are in “shock” as they cope with the kidnapping and murder of their friend in their adopted home of El Salvador. Is the family — including the couple’s 2-year-old son Israel and their unborn baby — in danger amid the unspeakable violence?

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As readers know, Jill, 26, and Derick, 28, announced on their blog this week that they received a call with some horrible news: their friend, a Salvadorian man, had been murdered the day before. “His family had found his body down by the river earlier that morning!” she revealed.

“We were shocked when we learned of his kidnap and murder,” Jill continued. “We’ve had them into our home three times in the past couple weeks!”

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The victim’s family had suffered horrific tragedies in recent months. According to Jill, the man had lost his 20-year-old cousin just weeks ago. The young woman was “brutally murdered” as she sold coconuts at a roadside stand. The murdered friend’s daughter had also suffered a stroke.

According to Duggar Family News, the victim was associated with Jill and Derick’s missionary group, SOS Ministries. The couple called him a “fellow Christian.”

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Derick attended the man’s funeral, while pregnant Jill and Israel stayed home. “We have cried and continue to grieve the loss of our deal friend,” Jill said.

“Please pray for our friend’s wife, son, daughter, granddaughter and other relatives,” she pleaded. “Please also pray for God to allow the local church and us to reach out to their family and be able to love on and comfort them during this difficult time.”

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The Dillards claimed they wil be returning to the United States shortly after nearly two years on and off in Central America. But are they still at risk?

Fans were up in arms after they learned of the violence surrounding the reality TV family, and especially little Israel. “They need to come back home,” one wrote. “They are risking their lives over there.”

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Other followers have slammed Jill for risking the health of her fetus in a country where the Zika virus runs rampant.

Should Jill and Derick return to their native Arkansas amid the horrible violence? Sound off in the comments.

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