MEXICO CITY – A Catholic priest was murdered inside his church in the Mexican capital, the District Attorney’s Office told Efe on Tuesday.
The Rev. Francisco Sanchez Duran, pastor of San Jose Church in the borough of Coyoacan, was found dead around 9:30 a.m. “with wounds to the neck” from “a sharp cutting weapon,” the DA’s office said.
An ice pick may have been used to murder the 63-year-old priest, the DA’s office said, adding that the case was still under investigation and no motive had yet been identified.
The priest may have been killed while resisting a robbery attempt, Mexican media reported.
No arrests have been made in the case, the DA’s office said.
The killing comes at a time of tensions between the municipal government and the Catholic Church over an incident on Easter Sunday.
Seven individuals disrupted the Easter Mass that Cardinal Norberto Rivera was celebrating at the Mexico City cathedral, shouting at the prelate before they were overpowered.
The individuals involved in the incident, which left two people slightly injured, were released on Monday without any charges being filed against them, a decision that bothered some Catholic leaders. EFE