For immediate release, December 11, 2017
Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell, email@example.com
SNAP applauds the judicial system for according justice to second-grade teacher Irene Garza, to her family and friends, and for bringing her murderer, Father John Feit, to accountability after many years. This is a case that took nearly 60 years to solve.
From the outset, strong indicators suggested that Feit should have been considered a primary suspect in Irene Garza’s murder. But as we learned during this trial and as Reuters reports, Catholic officials leaned on justice officials almost immediately after Garza’s murder, asking them not to consider Feit as a suspect. Feit was, in fact, shielded for years by Catholic officials, though a former Trappist monk had known from counseling Feit three years after Garza’s murder that Feit had murdered Garza. This former monk testified about this in Feit’s trial.