Four dead in a shooting at a funeral home in Ecuador (2023)

May 19, 2023Catholic News AgencyShort news0Printing

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ACI Prensa staff, 19 May 2023 / 17:00 (CNA).

The archbishop of Portoviejo, Eduardo José Castillo Pino, asked the faithful to pray for an end to the violence in Ecuador and expressed his solidarity with the victims and injured in the shooting that happened Thursday morning at a funeral home in Manta, a port city on the central coast.

"Once again, crime and terror are destroying the lives of so many people and filling us all with fear and insecurity," the prelate said in a May 18 statement to ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish-language news partner.

"To the victims and injured in the attack in Manta and their families, all our closeness and solidarity. Heartfelt prayer for all of them, for their eternal rest and for the peace and refreshment of their families", he continued.

Around 10 a.m. local time on May 18 at the Gardens of Eden funeral home, unidentified individuals arrived behind Andrés Agustín Moreira and opened fire on those present. Moreira was a city traffic police officer from Manta who was killed on May 16.

At least four people were killed, and another eight were wounded, including two minors, according to local media.

The head of the national police in Manabí, Patricio Almendáriz, reported at a press conference that at least five people carried out the attack. The criminals used long guns and pistols to shoot indiscriminately inside the funeral home where the vigil was being held.

The mayor of Manta, Agustín Intriago, said that what happened on Thursday was "terror" that goes beyond the confrontations and anything that can be called "issues of organized crime".

“Ministry of the Government of Ecuador, Ministry of Defense of Ecuador, your intervention is urgent right now in this city. That what is happening in the rest of the country is not happening here. Not with innocents, by God," the archbishop said on social networks.

In his message to ACI Prensa, Castillo urged that we "never get used to the suffering of our brothers despite the fact that the crime seems to have no end."

"Let us feel what happens to others as if it happened to us. And that not a day goes by that we stop praying for peace and for an end to so much irrational violence. The Lord will not leave us", he concluded.

This story was first reported by ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish-language news partner. It was translated and adapted by CNA.

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