GCIC deplores the Gruesome murder of Catholic Priest Rector, St Peter's Seminary murdered on Easter
GCIC is shocked and deeply saddened by the brutal murder of Very Rev. Fr. K.J. Thomas, Rector of St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore in the early hours of 1st April.
The attackers killed Fr. K.J. Thomas hitting him in the face and head with a brick. Motive and identity of the killers still unknown.
Dozens of priests, seminarians and lay Catholics celebrated a mass in memory of Fr. K.J. Thomas this morning, the rector of the seminary in Bangalore (Karnataka) murdered yesterday morning at dawn. Meanwhile, the police continue to investigate a murder described as "brutal, terrible and senseless"
The local bishop will communicate the date as soon as it has been decided.
According to preliminary reports, the murder took place between 2:30 and 3 am on April 1, at which time cries were heard. The battered body was found at the table of the pontifical St. Peter's seminary at dawn. According to police, the rain that hit Bangalore on Easter night helped cover the murderers' actions, allowing them to enter the building undisturbed. The motive is not yet clear, but it seems that the attackers hit Fr. Thomas over the head and face with a brick to prevent him from raising the alarm. The face and body of the priest were so mangled that priests and seminarians struggled to recognize him. Police suggest the motive for the attack was theft, given that some documents were missing from the office of Fr. Thomas and the administration. However, his computer, iPad and other assets were not touched.
Yesterday morning, Fr. Thomas, in his second term as rector of the seminary, was supposed to pick up his sister, a nun at the airport. Seeing that her brother did not respond to her repeated calls, the nun went on her own to the seminary, where she received the terrible news.
The murder of Fr. Thomas has shocked the entire community, because he appeared to have no enemies, no problems.
The top police officials came to the spot and are investigating this murder case and, meanwhile, his body was taken to M.S. Ramaiah Hospital for post mortem.
The funeral date, place and time will be decided by the Bishop of Ootacamund, in consultation with the family members of the deceased.