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Evangelical icon dies

Evangelist David Wilkerson, who wrote the popular book The Cross and the Switchblade (Jove, 1986) and founded New York's Times Square Church, died in a traffic accident April 27.

Wilkerson was known for his outreach to street gangs, which he started after viewing a photo in Life magazine of New York City teens charged with murder.

He founded Teen Challenge, a ministry to gang members and drug addicts, in New York in 1959. In 1963, he co-authored his best-selling story, which Christianity Today listed in 2006 in the No. 32 spot on its "Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals."


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