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Newton Falls graduate dies a hero

NEWTON FALLS, Ohio  -  A Newton Falls man confronted by two armed robbers holds out his Bible.

But it didn't stop the gunmen from shooting him outside a Bible Study class.

Twenty-two-year old Dale Settle, Jr. was baptized just two weeks ago at his new church in Canton.

The youth pastor and 2007 Newton Falls High School graduate planned to graduate from the University of Akron in December with a business degree, but his special calling was the church.

Last Thursday, as Settle and two friends walked to a home Bible study class in Canton, he was shot as two men attempted to rob him and his friends.

Settle's mother Sharon Lane of Newton Falls says, "A guy approached them with a gun.  And there was another guy that came up from the back and demanded money.  Dale held out his Bible and said in the name of Jesus your gun won't fire."  

But it did, because as the one man lowered his weapon to conceal it from a passing car, Settle grabbed the man's arm and that's when he was shot in the stomach.  

Witnesses told police and the family that Settle jumped in front of them to shield them from harm.   His mother says even as he lay injured and dying he prayed for his attackers.   "As he fell to the ground, holding his Bible he said forgive them."

Settle's stepfather, Jeff Lane, tells 21 News, "One friend of his has a son, and he said because of Dale my son still has a father."

Settle will be remembered for the positive impact he left on so many other's lives.  A young man, with a strong faith, laying down his life and dying like a martyr according to his mother.   "I think my son was a modern day martyr.  He gave his life for his friends, literally laid down his life."

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