AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Priest found dead in San Cristobal

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San Cristobal (Agenzia Fides) - "The diocese of San Cristobal has the painful duty to report the tragic death of one of its priests, Fr. Darwin Antonio Zambrano Gamez. According to reports, the death took place on the night of March 30, 2016. His remains were found in a park in the city of San Cristobal in the morning of March 31 and show signs of violence and stab wounds.
The reasons why he was killed are unknown. The competent authorities are conducting investigations into the case. Both the Bishop, and the family and the presbytery of the Diocese expect the investigation to clarify what happened and to know those responsible for this crime, because they must be brought to justice". This is the statement of the Venezuelan Diocese of San Cristobal, sent to Fides, on the tragic death of a diocesan priest.
Fr. Darwin Zambrano Gamez was born on October 24, 1977 and was ordained a priest on July 5, 2010 in the parish of San Agaton of Palmyra. Currently he was assistant pastor in the parish of San José de Bolívar and was known for his spirit of service, humor and constant joy. The funeral will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the church of San Juan Bautista de la Ermita. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 01/04/2016)