Nov 3, 2005

More details on TJ priest slaying

(Don Bartletti LA Times)

Luis Chavez Garcia, a 31-year-old career criminal who escaped from prison last year, is believed to have shot Father Luis Velazquez Romero six times in a popular [Tijuana] restaurant district, police said.

The priest was killed after attempting to break up a bar fight between Chavez's associates and another group, police said.
Two other significant details are mentioned:
[Father] Velazquez, police said, had gone to the Plaza Fiesta early Sunday morning to have a drink and read the newspaper when the fight broke out.
A priest in a bar on a Sunday morning having a leisurely drink? Hard to imagine.
Chavez [wanted for the murder], police said, did not know that Velazquez, who was dressed in civilian clothes, was a priest.
No collar. That can get a priest in big trouble.

Oh well, in this month of the Poor Souls in Purgatory, we add poor Father Velasquez to our list.

NOTE: The photos below are not of Father Velasquez but of a seminarian, Dennis, from Memphis.

To collar or not to collar? That is the question.

If you ask me, I would say: Father, don't leave home without it.


Anonymous Andrew said...

I would have to agree.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Due to the persecution of catholics and especially priests from the early 20th century, priests almost never were clerics in Mexico.


12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Did you not mean to say, "Priests almost never wore clerics?"

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

First photo looks like he's studying at "Living Stones New Testament Pre-Tribulation" Bible College in Cornhusker, TN.

Second photo is more like it!

7:05 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

I think it's true priests in Mexico tend to be in their civies when they're away from church but what on earth was he doing in such as place at such an hour? Horrible.

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt he would be alive today had he been sipping on his margarita dressed in a cassock.

11:26 AM  

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