Mexican Priest Stabbed to Death Inside His Parish Near U.S. Border

Father José Martín Guzmán Vega | Father José Martín Guzmán Vega

A priest in a Mexico border town was stabbed to death last week inside his parish, becoming the latest among over two dozen priests who have been killed in the country in recent years. 

The Diocese of Matamoros, which sits across the border from Brownsville, Texas, announced the death of 55-year-old Father José Martín Guzmán Vega last Friday.

On Monday, the diocese posted a broadcast of the priest’s funeral on its Facebook page. In a statement, the diocese assured supporters that Guzman is “already in the presences of the Lord.”

“With deep pain we participate in the unfortunate death of the presbyter José Martín Guzmán Vega, of whom the competent authorities have already begun investigations to clarify the facts and do justice,” Eugenio Lira Rugarcía, Bishop of Matamoros, said in a statement, according to the Catholic Multimedia Center.

“Meanwhile, we express our condolences to the Guzmán Vega family and the Cristo Rey de la Paz Parish Community, Ejido Santa Adelaida, and we invite everyone to join in prayer to ask God for the eternal rest of Fr. Martin.”

According to the Catholic Multimedia Center, sources say that Guzmán Vega was attacked last Thursday night around 10 p.m. and was stabbed several times with a knife.

“[N]eighbors heard cries for help inside the parish when they approached they saw Father José Martín seriously injured so he was transferred to the General Hospital of the town to be treated,” a source was quoted as saying. “Minutes later his death was declared.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith