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Priest killed in Mexico, 11th since start of 2013

Mexican authorities investigate killing of priest in Puebla state, 11th in Mexico in 3 years

Priest killed in Mexico, 11th since start of 2013

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Authorities in the central Mexican state of Puebla are investigating the killing of a parish priest.

The archdiocese of Puebla says authorities informed it of the death of Father Erasto Pliego de Jesus, who served at the Santa Maria de la Natividad church in Cuyuaco. The statement issued Tuesday says he had been the victim of violence.

A statement from the state prosecutor's office says the body was found with head injuries and burns in the Nopalucan municipality. It says Pliego de Jesus had been missing since Nov. 13.

Family members identified the body.

Neither the church nor officials gave a possible motive.

The church's Catholic Multimedia Center reports on its website that Pliego de Jesus was the 11th priest killed in Mexico since the start of 2013.


Updated : 2021-09-27 12:34 GMT+08:00