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  • django said: A priest was killed and another critically wounded in an attack at a Catholic church in Phoenix,

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    police said early Thursday.The Rev. Kenneth Walker was fatally shot, and the Rev. Joseph Terra is hospitalized in critical condition,

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    police and church officials said. It was not clear what type of weapon was used to attack Terra, Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department said.

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    A 911 call came in about 9 p.m. Wednesday (12 a.m. ET Thursday) from the Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission Catholic Church, Martos said.

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    The emergency call to police was for a burglary and was made by Terra, Martos said.

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    It was unclear if Terra made the phone call before or after he was injured.When police arrived, they found the two priests badly injured.

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    Walker died at the hospital.Terra, the injured priest, was only able to minimally speak with authorities about what happened, Martos said. The priority is for him to be treated."

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    Hopefully, once that individual receives treatment and is able to pull through,

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    we can gather more information," Martos said.The church,

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    in a statement on its website, referred to more than one armed burglar breaking into and entering the property. Police have not confirmed or denied that assertion,

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    A green 2003 Mazda Tribute was stolen from church property, police said,

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    and it was found abandoned.The vehicle is being examined for clues, but as of Thursday morning, nothing significant had been found, Martos said."

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    The police are still gathering information and trying to sort through the details of this senseless act of violence,"

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    the Diocese of Phoenix said in a statement. "

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    We ask that people offer prayers for both priests, the religious community,

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    their families and the parish."Investigators have gathered physical evidence at the crime scene,

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    but they lack witness information, police said. Authorities asked for anyone with information to call in tips to police.Walker, 29,

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    was a member of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a small community of priests founded in 1988 and dedicated to reviving the traditional Latin Mass.

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    Terra, 56, is also a member.

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    A Catholic blog, Rorate Caeli, said Walker was born in upstate New York in a family that became intrigued by the traditional Latin Mass.

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    He was ordained as a priest two years ago.The blog described the area around the church in downtown Phoenix as "

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    It suggested prayer instead."May justice be done," the blog said. 2:00AM 06/14/14
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