Rev. Marvin Winans Beaten, Carjacked in Detroit

Pastor Marvin Winans

David Guralnick/Detroit News/AP

updated 05/17/2012 AT 10:20 AM ET

originally published 05/17/2012 AT 10:30 AM ET

The pastor and gospel recording artist who gave the eulogy at Whitney Houston’s funeral in February was beaten and carjacked in Detroit on Wednesday.

The Rev. Marvin Winans suffered cuts and bruises and had his wallet, a $15,000 Rolex watch and his 2012 Infiniti SUV stolen, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The three or four men who attacked Winans at a gas station in a northwest part of the city likely did not know who he was, police said.

Winans, 54 – whose newest recording, “Let the Church Say Amen,” is currently No. 1 on Billboard’s gospel charts – was pumping gas at a Citgo station when a young man approached and asked about the music on his car radio, police said. Winans was then allegedly sucker-punched, beaten and robbed.

A Houston family friend, Winans delivered Whitney’s eulogy at her funeral, and brought up members of his family to the altar for an impromptu performance of their gospel hit “Tomorrow.”


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