Priest with Lincoln ties killed in Phoenix church attack

Posted By: KLKN Newsroom

 PHOENIX (AP) _ Police say one priest was shot and killed and another was wounded in an attack at a Catholic church in downtown Phoenix.

Sgt. Steve Martos says police received a call about a burglary at the Mother of Mercy Mission near the state Capitol shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday. He says responding officers found two priests badly injured.

Martos says one of the priests had been shot and died at the hospital. He says the other priest is hospitalized in critical condition with unspecified injuries. Police say they found a car they were seeking in connection with the attack. He says the car was empty when it was found four blocks from the church.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix on Wednesday identified the slain priest as the Rev. Kenneth Walker and the injured priest as the Rev. Joseph Terra. Father Walker attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary near Denton. He was ordained in 2012 at Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln.
The Catholic Diocese of Lincoln did not comment but said they are praying for Father Walker and Father Terra.