Fr. Kevin Mullins Anapra Fund
Last Friday morning the 27th of November, Leo, the full time Parish
Worker and I were crossing the city in order to meet with the Editor of
the Columban Spanish Magazine, one Mr. Manny Vargas. After a short stop
at the bank, we continued on only to be passed by speeding Police cars
and military convoys with sirens blaring.
Soon enough, we
passed by a tragic and frequently common-place scene; the recently
executed body of a 47 year-old father of 4 who was stretched out on the
street corner. Hurriedly, we decided to at least attempt a prayer or a
blessing for the victim concerned, not wanting to repeat the example of
the Levi of the road to Jericho, although it is notoriously difficult
to do so under the current security circumstances.
our pick-up just in front of the recently shot-up Funeral Home which
belongs to the Mayor of Ciudad Juarez's family. We then attempted to
pass the Police line with its respectful and yet unhelpful automatic
Whilst I was engaged in a rambling
conversation with the Police, Leo had fortunately gained access to a
squad of soldiers who were more accommodating and who, in turn, sent us
further along under and through the streams of yellow tape surrounding
the scene of the execution.
Lo and behold...and Thank
you God... we discovered there a younger Policeman who had finished the
Confirmation Course in our Parish some 3 years ago. After the mutual
greetings and the mutual..."What are you doing here's? ", he sent us on
another 10 meters toward a group of masked investigators, who showed
signs of minor impatience with us.
Fortunately, 2 of the
younger, female Officers in charge of the crime scene took me over and
much nearer to the body. At that moment, another Officer took me back
away from the body and just left me in a sort of no mans' land. I had
already donned my Stole and philosophized about the cruelty and the
violence of Juarez, surrounded as we were by troops, sobbing relatives,
crackling radios and spiraling helicopters.
again...the younger female Officer came to the rescue and guided me
through the Commandos and into the house of the recently deceased. I met
with his wife who was in a sad state and confided to me that she at
least was glad that her/their 4 children were safely living in the
United States. The Press later reported that she had been wounded in the
execution and that her husband had been shot as he stepped from his
vehicle. All the above was untrue. She was uninjured and there was no
vehicle anywhere near the crime scene.
I then left the
house and paused for a blessing over her husbands' body, then found the
ever-resourceful Leo in the entire swirl and continued on our way.
Please continue to pray for the People of Juarez...and the Missionary work of the Columban Fathers.
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