One day after I wrote about religious freedom in El Salvador, comes the news that a priest was brutally beaten and killed in El Salvador:
SAN SALVADOR, Sept 25 (Reuters) - The suspected murder of a Catholic priest, whose battered body was found on the side of an El Salvador highway on Monday, has mystified authorities in a country with a troubling history of killing religious figures.
The Rev. Ricardo Romero's body was found next to his car 42 miles (68 km) west of the capital of San Salvador, with his skull crushed. Police said initial investigations ruled out robbery or kidnapping as a motive.
An employee at the rectory in the Pipil Indian community of Santa Catarina Masahuat where Romero worked said the priest had no known enemies.
"We really do not know anything, just that they killed the Father and we are waiting for his remains to hold a wake," an employee said.
The human rights office for the Catholic Church in El Salvador said it would investigate the killing, one of many in a country where persistent violence claims an average of 10 lives daily.
The police have no motive for the crime. At this point the murder of the 39 year old Fr. Romero is yet another symbol of the wave of violence afflicting the country. Whether his murder is a symbol of something more sinister will require more evidence.