AMERICA/EL SALVADOR - Rector of Santiago de María of Zacatecoluca Major Seminary murdered

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Zacatecoluca (Agenzia Fides) - Father Ricardo Antonio Cortéz was shot dead yesterday August 7, 2020. According to reports from the diocese of Zacatecoluca sent to Agenzia Fides, the vehicle with the corpse of the religious was found on the side of the El Litoral highway, which connects San Salvador with several municipalities in the department of La Paz (center) and the eastern coastal area, about 80 km southeast of San Salvador.
According to the note received, the Salvadoran security authorities have not given details on the investigations being carried out to clarify and identify those responsible.
El Salvador is considered to be one of the most violent countries in the world with the highest murder rates. Between 2015 and 2018, between 103 and 50.3 for every 100,000 inhabitants were registered. The crimes are mainly attributed to the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and Barrio 18 gangs. (CE/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 8/8/2020)