PHOENIX, Arizona – Filipinos in Phoenix were shocked to find out that two priests at the Mother of Mercy Mission Church became victims of a violent robbery.
Last week, Father Kenneth Walker was shot to death and Father Joseph Terra was brutally beaten.
Walker reportedly died coming to the aid of Terra who was under attack by a homeless ex-convict.
“The whole parish is still devastated,” parishioner Rudy Sanchez said. “This morning parishioners were still crying because these priests were like our family. To whoever did this, your fate is in God’s hands. You hurt very nice people.”
The suspect, Gary Michael Moran, a homeless ex-convict with a history of violence and drug abuse, was arrested Monday.