Operation Rescue founder's son dies

LILBURN, Ga. - The son of the founder of anti-abortion group Operation Rescue was killed this week in a head-on car crash outside Atlanta, authorities said.

Jamiel Terry, 31, was killed early Wednesday in Lilburn, according to a statement from campaign aides to Randall Terry, a longtime abortion opponent who founded the organization in the 1980s and is now running for president.

"Jamiel had a brilliant mind, and was a gentle soul," Randall Terry said in the statement. "And as anyone knows who has spent time with him, he was funny, articulate, and a formidable debater on many topics."

Jamiel Terry made headlines in 2004 when he announced that he was gay, a lifestyle at odds with his father's religious views.

Randall Terry acknowledged the controversy in his statement this week, but said the rift between them had been misrepresented in the media and the two had maintained frequent contact.