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Published On: Thu, Apr 10th, 2014

California Priest, Father Francisco Blandón Meza, murdered while ministering in Nicaragua

A Catholic priest, who ministered in both California and Nicaragua, was killed earlier this week after an irate husband shot him twice for counseling the man’s ex-wife, says a Latino Fox News report on Wednesday.

Father Francisco Blandón Meza, age 42, was murdered by Eyner Paguaga Salvador Maldonado shooting him in the abdomen and heart just outside the Immaculate Conception parish in Jinotega, Nicaragua.

Eyner Paguaga then allegedly shot his ex-wife, Sandy Hernández Marbely Mairena, before turning the weapon on himself.

Hernández and the priest were chatting outside of the church’s rectory when they were shot.

“I can’t take it anymore” Paguaga allegedly yelled in Spanish before pulling out a small gun and shooting Hernández and then the priest on the sidewalk.

The sister of Hernández, Reina Esmeralda Hernández, denied a rumor that her sister and Blandón were having an affair and that was the reason for the killing, according to Nicaragua’s La Journada newspaper.

Parishioners and priests poured out praise for the Priest upon hearing the news of his death, describing the man as a “charismatic, sociable, cheerful priest” to and inspiration for young Catholics.

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