Ugandan priest's remains found in Mexico grave

2014-11-15 10:17

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Mexico City -The remains of a Ugandan priest who travelled to Mexico as a missionary were found along with another 12 bodies in a clandestine grave there, religious officials said on Friday.

The bodies were discovered on 29 October in the troubled southern state of Guerrero, a spokesperson for the diocese of the state capital Chilpancingo told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"The remains of Father John Ssenyondo were fully identified," said the spokesperson, who personally travelled with other priests of the dioceses to the coroner's office to identify the body.

Ssenyondo was formally identified through his dentist, who provided a dental cast.

The priest, who was apparently was killed by a bullet in the head, was reported missing on 30 April.

Residents who witnessed the kidnapping said that Ssenyondo was intercepted by a group of armed men while returning from a rural community where he had gone to celebrate mass.

He was apparently killed for refusing to baptise a child whose parents were not married.

According to the diocese spokesperson, the pit full of bodies was found by villagers in the mountain community of Ocotitlan, more than 200km from Iguala, where the search continues for 43 students who went missing in late September after attacks by local police and drug gang gunmen.

The pit was located near Ayotzinapa, home to the college where the youths studied.

The mass grave was found independently from the search for the missing students.

A Chilpancingo official said DNA tests have yet to be conducted on the remains that have been identified by the diocese as belonging to Ssenyondo.

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