Jamaica: Jesuit murder

On Sunday 17 June, Martin Royackers SJ preached about Jamaica?s nagging problem of crime and violence: 453 people have been killed on the Caribbean island since the beginning of the year. ?This could also happen to me,? he told his congregation, ?And if it does, I want to be buried here among my people.? Four days later, on Thursday morning the 21st, the 41-year-old Canadian Jesuit was found lying face down in a pool of blood, a bullet in his heart, on the veranda to his office. Fr Martin was killed at St Theresa Catholic church, where he was pastor, in Annotto Bay, a small coastal town in St Mary?s parish (county) in north-eastern Jamaica. ?He was very dedicated to the people, as if he did not care about himself. Food was not important for him, nor was his dress. He was always with the people,? said the parish deacon Anton Fernandopullé, sobbing as he spoke.