Members of a black church hugged FBI agents in a moving service to thank them for foiling white supremacists who planned to bomb and strafe the congregation.
The ceremony of song and prayer was held Sunday at First African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Los Angeles, where members also presented the agents with plaques reading "You have given us tomorrow.""We were in shock when we first heard about this (the plot)," said church member Glenice Como. "We owe these agents everything. We owe them our lives."
In addition to the agents, a police detective and a federal attorney were honored for their roles in a 2-year probe of white supremacist groups in Southern California.
The effort thwarted an alleged scheme by the Fourth Reich Skinheads to blow up the First AME church and strafe its members with gunfire.
Christopher Fisher, leader of the Fourth Reich Skinheads, was sentenced last week to more than eight years in federal prison for plotting to bomb several churches, including First AME, and to kill noted blacks and Jews.
Carl Daniel Boese was sentenced to nearly five years in prison.
Both had pleaded guilty to arson and conspiracy charges.