Update: Police Make Arrest in Killing of Priest with Nebraska Ties

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PHOENIX Phoenix police said they've made an arrest in the killing of a Roman Catholic priest and the beating of a second priest at a church in the city's downtown.

Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Martos announced the arrest in a tweet Monday morning and said more information would be released later in the morning.

The priests were attacked in the rectory of the Mother of Mercy Mission Wednesday night. The Rev. Kenneth Walker was shot and killed and the Rev. Joseph Terra was badly beaten.

Police said Terra told them the next day the suspect was a white male in his 40s. The 56-year-old Terra is expected to make a full recovery.

A requiem Mass was set for Monday morning for the 28-year-old Walker at another Catholic church in Phoenix.

Sgt. Steve Martos says police received a call about a burglary at the Mother of Mercy Mission near the state Capitol shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday. He says responding officers found two priests badly injured.

Kenny Walker attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska for seven years. Those who mentored him were shocked when they heard what happened.

"Couldn't believe it," said Spiritual Director James Buckley. " Ever since I was informed about the shooting, I was thinking about poor Kenny and how tragic the event was."

Buckley describes Walker as a "serious, devout, pleasant, cheerful, young man."

Martos says police found a car they were seeking in connection with the attack. He says the car was empty when it was located about four blocks north of the church.


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