Mexico arrests suspect in killings of 2 priests in Veracruz

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, people gather at Our Lady of Asuncion Church in Paso Blanco, Veracruz state, Mexico, for the funeral Mass of Rev. Jose Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz, one of two priests who was found bound and shot to death along a roadside on Sept. 19. Mexican authorities arrested a suspect in the abduction and murder of the two priests in Veracruz state last month. Mexico City prosecutors say in a statement released Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, that the unidentified person was detained Oct. 13 along with another person after they allegedly car-jacked a couple in the capital. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities have arrested a suspect in the abduction and murder of two Catholic priests in Veracruz state last month.

Mexico City prosecutors say in a Monday statement that the unidentified suspect was detained Oct. 13 along with another person after they allegedly carjacked a couple in the capital. Investigators later determined the suspect had an arrest warrant for the kidnapping of the priests.

Alejo Nabor Jimenez and Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz were found bound and shot to death along a roadside outside the city of Poza Rica on Sept. 19.

Veracruz state prosecutors have alleged that the clerics were drinking with their killers beforehand. That angered Roman Catholic church leaders who criticized what they called a campaign to smear the victims.


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