Gun-Toting Mexican Priests Assassinated By Rival Drug Gang

In which the Lord moves (cocaine) in mysterious ways…

Via Mexico News Daily:

mexican-assault-priestTwo priests killed Monday in an armed attack in Guerrero were targeted by a criminal gang because of one of the priests appeared to have connections with a rival gang, the state Attorney General’s office (FGE) said yesterday.

Germaín Muñiz García and Iván Añorve Jaimes were shot and killed early Monday morning on the Iguala-Taxco highway after the vehicle in which they were traveling was intercepted by a truck occupied by armed men.

In a statement released yesterday, the FGE said Muñiz had recently been photographed holding an assault rifle while in the company of armed and masked men.

The photograph had circulated on social media and appeared to link the priest to a criminal gang, which triggered the armed attack by members of a rival organization, the statement said.

The priests and their companions were returning from a dance in Juliantla “attended by many people belonging to various criminal groups” when they were attacked.

According to witnesses at the dance, there was a fight between several people and the group that accompanied the two priests, the FGE said.

In an earlier press conference, Attorney General Xavier Olea Peláez also said the priests were consuming alcohol at the event, which he described as “an indiscretion.”