A Jesuit priest, Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo, was killed by unknown assailants who broke into the Jesuit residence in Cueibet, South Sudan on the night of 14 November 2018. Fr Odhiambo, originally from Kenya, was an educationist with vast experience. He previously headed a Jesuit school in Tanzania. He moved to South Sudan about ten years ago and has been involved in teacher training in Wau and Rumbek. Fr Odhiambo was passionate about the Jesuit mission in South Sudan and believed that education was the best of helping the young country.
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On the night of 14 November, Fr Odhiambo was in the living room watching television when the assailants broke into the house and shot him dead. There were four other Jesuit companions in the house who had already retired to bed at the time. When they heard a commotion and gunshots ring out in the house, the other companions raised alarm. The assailants fled, but they had already killed Fr Odhiambo. Security personnel responded to the alarm and secured the residence.
Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo was born on 20 January 1956. He entered the Society of Jesus on 4 July 1978, was ordained to the Priesthood on 22 August 1987, and made final vows on 30 May 1993.
Local media report the motive behind the murder remains unclear. The Gok state minister, quoted by Radio Tamazuj, informed that one person associated with the case had been arrested by Thursday morning. "He will tell us who are the other people involved,” said the official. According to the other community members, the perpetrators ran away after hearing the alarm sound, turned on by the Jesuits, woken up because of the gunshots. The local government declared 3 days of mourning starting today in honour of the Jesuit.
May his soul rest in eternal peace!