#BreakingNews - RIP Fr. Otis Young - Church Confirms Identity of Priest Killed and whose Body was Burned beyond Recognition in Louisiana - Archbishop's Statement - FULL TEXT

Fr. Otis Young of Covington, Louisiana and his assisstant Ruth Prats went missing.  After the badly-burned bodies of two people were discovered in Covington, police arrested a man on charges a double-homicide investigation. On November 28th, detectives arrested 49-year-old Antonio Donde Tyson for charges. It was later confirmed by the coroner that one of the victims was indeed Fr. Otis Young. The parish and Archdiocese of New Orleans released statements and held a prayer vigil. 

#BreakingNews - RIP Fr. Otis Young and Ruth Prats Confirmed Killed by Coroner 

Priest Fr. Otis Young goes Missing with Assistant as 2 People Found Burned - https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2022/11/priest-fr-otis-young-goes-missing-with.html
Statement from the Parish: 
The St. Peter Parish community is devastated at the announcement that one of the victims in yesterday’s double homicide in downtown Covington is confirmed to be that of Fr. Otis Young, Jr. We are deeply saddened, and ask that you join us in praying for Fr. Otis and Ruth, who is still listed as a missing person, as well as for their families.  
In regards to the tragic events yesterday, and the arrest of an individual by the Covington Police Department, the individual arrested has no affiliation to St. Peter Parish.

A Statement from Archbishop Aymond 
November 30, 2022
The horror of the events that have unfolded here in Covington is beyond shocking. The pain, sadness, and disbelief that something like this could happen will stay with us but particularly those who are most directly affected for a very long time.
Today as we await confirmation of the second victim, I offer my prayers for both victims of this heinous crime. In a particular way we prayerfully remember Fr. Otis, a beloved pastor who touched the lives of so many with his faith, warmth, and pastoral heart. This is a loss for our church and for the entire community.
I extend my prayerful support and that of the clergy, religious, and laity of the archdiocese to the Covington community and in particular for the parishioners of St. Peter Parish. I also want to extend my gratitude and prayers to the law enforcement personnel, the coroner, and all authorities who have worked so carefully and thoroughly through these very difficult circumstances.
For all those who are hurting and asking how this could happen, may I humbly offer that we turn to our Lord Jesus in this time of mourning. Let us continue to pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Otis and for Ruth Prats who remains missing, and for both their families and all who are suffering. Let us pray that we may all know God’s love, mercy, and hope.
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