Religious Javier Campos and Joaquin Mora were murdered in an armed attack, which occurred on Monday afternoon in Cerocahui, in the Sierra Taraumara.
According to the first versions, the priests were trying to protect a man who had entered their temple seeking protection.
An armed man opened fire and killed the three.
They steal the bodies
A commando took the three bodiesaccording to what the Jesuits denounced, who demand that the authorities mobilize to recover the corpses of the religious.
Unofficially, an individual identified as José Noel Portillo, “El Chueco” was held responsible.of being responsible for the murders and for having stolen the bodies.
The “El Chueco” group is said to be responsible for the violence in the Creel area.
Until noon this Tuesday bodies had not been recovered.
López Obrador condemns the murder of Jesuit priests
The murders have been condemned by the President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Governor of Chihuahua, María Eugenia Campos, the Conference of the Mexican Episcopate.
They have also generated great pain and indignation among the Jesuit community of the country.
Members of the Tarahumara diocese and the community in general have begun to give their position regarding the events, where the two priests died.
“Sadness invades us, not only for those who fall today, but for all those who have died as a result of an absurd and stupid war. My brothers Joaquin Mora and Javier Campos added to the ineptitude of the government, the inability of those who were elected to protect us and who continue to abandon us to our fate”.
“It is not only the one who pulls the trigger but also those who have the power to stop this barbarity and prefer to do nothing, they are also accomplices. Sooner or later it would happen, all the priests of this region know the risk of being in these lands Today we have to suffer these consequences and we assume it, because we know we are part of the people, whom we have accompanied in their moments of so much pain,” Francisco Moriel Herrera, who is a priest of the Tarahumara diocese, shared on his social networks.
Jesuit fathers died “on the line”
In his publication, he highlighted that fathers Joaquín Mora and Javier Campos were part of the town, and died on the line, trying to protect him from brutality, opting for peace.
“These lyrics are of pain and bitterness and perhaps they are the same ones that many of the faithful of the town of Cerocahui and of all those who knew one of the fathers wanted to capture, because They weren’t just sacristy band-aids, but true friends, parents, brothers, fellow travelers, hence our agony.“.
Through social networks, inhabitants of the town where the events occurred, priests from other regions of Chihuahua, as well as the community in general, They have described both priests as devoted and much loved in the Tarahumara.
“They are innocent victims of the evil that prevails in our country,” “today our church is in mourning,” comment residents of Chihuahua and priests in various parts of the state who knew them both.
They demand the location of the bodies
In turn, it has been reported that members of the Jesuit community They are demanding that the authorities of the three levels of government locate the bodies of both priests and also give security to the other members of this community in that region.
It was during Monday night that authorities in Chihuahua confirmed that on the afternoon of this day, a report was received indicating that three people were murdered in the town of Cerocahui, municipality of Urique, in the Sierra de Chihuahua.
The attack apparently occurred after a man took refuge in a church to ward off an attack.However, the perpetrator attacked him inside, as well as two priests who were also in the temple.
The government of Chihuahua condemned and lamented the events violent incidents in which two religious became circumstantial victims.
Until this Tuesday morning, the State Attorney General’s Office in Chihuahua has not provided more information about this fact.
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