Published: Sunday 29 April, 2018

Priest Shot Dead by Riding in Tandem Right After Sunday Mass in Cagayan

A priest who had just celebrated mass has been shot dead. The priest, identified as Father Mark Anthony Yuaga Ventura, died on the spot when he was shot twice in the head. The motive for the killing is yet unknown.

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The priest was shot dead right after Sunday mass in a gymnasium in Cagayan. (Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary photo via Philstar)

Reports say Father Mark Anthony Yuaga Ventura had just finished his Sunday mass on April 29 when he was killed. The priest was blessing children and talking to members of the choir when a man in a helmet walked towards him and shot him. The assailant escaped on a waiting motorcycle nearby.

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Parishioners in Barangay Peña West in Gattaran, Cagayan were left in shock by the murder of their beloved priest. They see no reason why anyone would want him dead.

Photos posted online show the priest lying in a pool of blood on the floor of the Barangay Peña West gymnasium.

According to Rappler, Father Ventura was the rector of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in Lyceum of Aparri. He also served the San Isidro Labrador Mission Station based in Barangay Mabuno, also in Gattaran. 

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The body of Father Mark Anthony Ventura on the gymnasium floor in Gattaran, Cagayan. (Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary photo)