Priest found dead in his church in Tucumán, Argentina
A priest, Father Oscar Juárez, was found dead on Wednesday 15 July: he was handcuffed in the church of San Martín de Porres, in the capital of the province of Tucumán.
Police are investigating for murder. The press release sent to Fides by the archdiocese of Tucumán reports:
“in dialogue with the judicial authority, we have been informed that he was killed and the reason could be because of theft.
We believe that this painful loss is part of the numerous insecurity facts we are experiencing in Tucuman. Our pilgrim church in Tucumán suffers the same anguish”.
“We ask justice to find those responsible for this terrible act – continues the statement -. We also ask the authorities to strengthen security”.
Fr. Oscar Juárez was found by a cleaner inside the church. According to initial reports, the man reported to the police that the priest had been handcuffed and injured. Further investigations are underway to find out the dynamics and causes of his death.