On June 12, 2021, Fray Juan Antonio Orozco Alvarado, O.F.M., a Franciscan friar, headed to church to celebrate Mass in Tepehuana de Pajaritos, Durango, Mexico and was caught in crossfire between two rival gangs and died, along with several other unnamed persons. As part of our work with the Franciscan Network on Migration, we are sharing the statement put out by the advocacy team on this killing. The Statement is available in both English and Spanish below.
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For some press coverage on the shooting, see these articles below:
Vatican News: Muerte violenta de un sacerdote junto a otras personas
El Universal: Muere misionero en fuego cruzado en Durango
Agenzia Fides: Priest killed in a shootout between drug trafficking cartels