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Two people from an American parish were murdered

St. Peter Catholic Church in Covington, Louisiana, says its community has been “rocked” by news of a double homicide that local police announced Monday morning. The victims were the parish’s former pastor and a former employee.

A local Covington man has been arrested and charged in connection with the murders.

“Our community has been rocked by this morning’s news of the double homicide in downtown Covington. Please join us for a Holy Hour in St. Peter Catholic Church at 7 p.m.,” the post on the parish’s website says. 

The two bodies have been “burned beyond recognition”. Authorities have identified the victims, Father Otis Young, a local Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Ruth Prats, a 73-year-old former staff member who worked for Young when he was pastor at St. Peter Catholic Church in Covington.

Their bodies were found “burned beyond recognition” less than a mile away from the church, according to police. reported that the bodies were found behind a glass store in downtown Covington. reported that the bodies of Young and the other victim were found hours after Young and Prats were reported missing.

Source: CNA

Photo: Father Othis Young, Source: YouTube

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