Monday, November 06, 2006

Two pastors of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church murdered

From the Salvadoran Lutheran church:

San Salvador, Nov. 4 (ALS) With profound pain we are communicating to the national and international community the murder of Lutheran pastor Francisco Carrillo and his wife Jesús de Carrillo, also a pastor, gunned down on November 4 at 5:30 in the afternoon just after celebrating worship in “Montes de Pensbert Lutheran Church in Colonia Independencia, located in the Municipality of Jayaque in the central department of La Libertad.

The Carrillos worked with two churches located in the same municipality, "“Pan de Vida"” Lutheran Church located in the town center of Jayaque where they celebrated worship services on Sunday and the aforementioned church where they worked every Saturday afternoon.

According to preliminary investigations, three youthful subjects confronted the pastors and, during the crime, shot them repeatedly; both were killed instantly by the multiple gunshot wounds that they received.

At the writing of this statement (9:00 p.m.), it had been learned that the bodies had been transferred to the Legal Medicine office in San Salvador where an autopsy will be performed. The son of the deceased, Pastor Wilber Carrillo, and their daughter, Roxana Carrillo, indicated that funeral services will be held in the installations of "Pan de Vida" Lutheran Church and the burial in the general cemetery of Jayaque.

In his notification of this tragic event to the national pastoral network of the ILS, Bishop Medardo Gómez expressed his profound pain and called for a national day of prayer in all Lutheran Churches. At the same time, he will ask the competent authorities to conduct an in-depth investigation of the case.

We ask for your solidarity and prayers for the Carrillo family and for the network of ILS pastors, men and women, who are carrying out our prophetic ministry under fire.

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