Friday, October 4, 2013

Organized Crime Linked to Murders of 2 Priests; Eight Priests Killed in Colombia in the Past Year

Father Bernardo Echeverry, 62, and Father Hector Fabio Cabrera, 35, who ministered at San Sabastian Roman Catholic parish in Roldanillo village, Valle, Colombia, were found murdered late September 27, the Charisma News website reports today (October 4, 2013).

Neighbors reported to police having seen two men running from the parish. Investigating officers found the priests' bodies in the residence they shared near the church.

Open Doors Colombia notes that in the last year alone, eight priests have been killed in the country.

According to police and media reports, two men broke into the residence while the priests were celebrating 8 p.m. Mass and awaited the priests with knives. The murderers fled with offerings, a computer, and an iPad. Ubeimar Delgado -- governor of Valle -- linked the double murder to organized crime.

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