EUROPE/SPAIN - Priest stabbed to death on the doorstep

Friday, 17 July 2015

Seville (Agenzia Fides) - Fr. Carlos Martinez Perez, 75, died yesterday afternoon, July 16, victim of a brutal assault on the door of his home after celebrating the Eucharist in the church of San Leandro convent, where he was a chaplain. A statement of the Archdiocese of Seville sent to Agenzia Fides reports that Archbishop, His Exc. Mgr. Juan Jose Asenjo, Auxiliary Bishop, Mgr. Santiago Gomez, together with the Episcopal Council and the Presbytery of Seville, "express their deep consternation, and their grief for this tragic loss, and call for a prayer for the eternal repose of the priest and the comfort of his family".
Fr. Carlos Martinez was born in Seville on November 28, 1939 and was ordained a priest in May 1972. He had a degree in economics and geography and historical sciences and was parochial vicar in St. Isidore, San Ildefonso and Santiago, as well as chaplain of San Leandro.
According to information gathered by Fides, the priest died due to his wounds caused by a large knife with which he was attacked. The alleged murderer was arrested last night, it seems he was killed by the priest’s former brother-in-law, who blamed Fr. Carlos for the failure of his marriage with his sister. The man was being treated at a psychiatric hospital, and after killing the priest he went his ex-wife’s home. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 17/07/2015)