For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
We are thrilled that Rene Guerra – who has refused to aggressively pursue a murder case involving a priest -- has been defeated. We hope the newly elected prosecutor will honor his pledge to re-open the troubling Irene Garza case.
Just days ago, Guerra made biased and hurtful comments that will make it harder for police and prosecutors to pursue criminals (because he publicly and inappropriately attacked the honesty of a witness, which deters other witnesses from stepping forward).
We hope that Ricardo Rodriguez 's election brings some hope to Garza's family. And we hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered any wrongdoing by Fr. John Feit will contact law enforcement immediately.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Priest’s unsolved murder: 16 years later
By Matt C. Abbott
On March 4, 1998, Father Alfred Kunz, a parish priest and canon lawyer – and discreet whistleblower of corrupt clergy – from the Diocese of Madison, Wis., was found in a pool of blood with his throat slit. The murder remains unsolved to this day.
NBC report on Chevedden’s suspicious death: