Two priests were found dead in eastern Mexico on Monday hours after they were kidnapped from their church.
The priests, Alejo Nabor Jiménez and José Alfredo Juárez de la Cruz were abducted by gunmen on Sunday from the church in Poza Rica, in the crime-plagued state of Veracruz, the information was revealed by Father Jose Alberto Guerrero, a local spokesman for the bishops’ conference in Teziutlan, Puebla state, where the victims were based.
“They took the two priests by force,” Guerrero said.
“We express our pain and indignation at the violence committed against them,” the council said in a statement.
“In these moments of pain and powerlessness in the face of the tragic violence we pray to the heavens for the eternal rest of our brothers and ask Our Lord for the conversion of their killers,” the statement added. “From the authorities, we expect an investigation clear up these acts and that those responsible be brought to justice.”
The area around Poza Rica has been the scene of drug gang violence for years, though it is not clear why the priests were targeted.