AMERICA/COLOMBIA - A priest who helped Venezuelan refugees has been killed

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 missionaries   missionaries killed   violence   area crisis  


Bogotà (Agenzia Fides) - At approximately 7 pm local time, on Monday 18 February, in the Tierra Buena neighborhood of Patio Bonito, in the town of Kennedy, in the south of the Colombian capital Bogotà, Fr. Carlos Ernesto Jaramillo, 65, was assassinated. The Prosecutor's Office is carrying out the investigation.
According to the information sent to Agenzia Fides, the residents of the condominium complex where the priest was resident, who helped the Venezuelan emigrants, said that some young men killed the priest to rob him. A minor, who is suspected of the murder, was stopped by the police and told the authorities that the priest tried to abuse him, a version which is being investigated.
"The priest was a very good person, he invited people to come to Mass. Last night he was with two young men in his flat, suddenly one of them escaped with his hands covered in blood. When we went to see, we found the priest had been wounded", said one of the neighbors. Rescuers took the priest to the Clinica de Occidente, but unfortunately he was already dead, following the numerous wounds inflicted with a knife. The police are analyzing security videos because there is a third suspect. The testimonies disseminated by the local media are in agreement in defining Don Carlos Ernesto a good priest, dedicated to his ministry, who had also had missionary experiences. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 20/02/2019)