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Missing priest killed is the third murdered in Mexico in one week

September 26, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Missing priest killed is the third murdered in Mexico in one week

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Authorities have discovered the body missing priest kidnapped by gunmen last week in the western state of Michoacan, Mexico.

The murder of Rev. Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen’ marks the third Roman Catholic priest to be killed in Mexico within the last week.

The Michoacan state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement on Sunday  that authorities discovered the remains of the missing priest on Saturday night on a highway in the Las Guayabas area between Zinaparo and Puruandiro.

Last Monday Lopez was abducted from his parish residence; the same day authorities found the remains of two priests, who had been kidnapped from their church living facilities the day before, shot to death in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

The latest murders increased the number of priests killed in Mexico since 2006 to 31.

According to the state attorney general’s statement, medical examiners determined Lopez was murdered five days before his body was discovered.

Authorities feared the worst after finding Lopez’s car wrecked last Tuesday.

Cardinal Alberto Suarez Inda, the head of the Catholic archdiocese, kept Lopez’s kidnapping under wraps until Thursday, when in a video message, Suarez Inda had pleaded for those responsible, to return the missing priest unharmed.

On Sunday, the archdiocese confirmed Lopez’s death on social media and demanded authorities find those responsible, Fox News Latino reported.

“We lament these violent acts and the insecurity in our state,” the statement said. “We hope that authorities solve this crime.”

State Police began searching for the kidnapped priest on Wednesday after a relative reported Lopez missing.

Witnesses last saw Lopez on Monday night when he ordered a food delivery, which arrived around 9:30 p.m. at the church, located in the town of Janamuato.

Lopez also messaged a woman who cooked for him informing her she wouldn’t be needed at work on Tuesday.

State prosecutors said when Lopez’s secretary didn’t see the priest on Tuesday and he was not seen by family members on Wednesday, Lopez’s brothers went to the residence to check on him.

The victim’s brothers arrived to find his quarters locked, but saw items strewn on the floor and reported two vehicles were missing.

Investigators said no ransom demand for Lopez’s return was received.

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