Nebraska Catholic Priest Killed in Church Rectory, Suspect in Custody, Report Says – The Gateway Pundit

Catholic Priest Stabbed to Death in Nebraska Church

On Sunday, tragedy struck the community of Fort Calhoun, Nebraska as Father Stephen Gutgsell, 65, was fatally stabbed at his rectory at St. John Baptist parish. Authorities discovered Gutgsell after he had been stabbed and rushed him to the hospital, but tragically, he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect, identified as Kierre L. Williams, a 43-year-old black male from Sioux City, Iowa, was found inside the church and was promptly arrested by Washington County Sheriff. He has been charged with murder in connection with Gutgsell’s death.

The Sheriff’s office reported that they were alerted to an attempted break-in at the rectory around 5 A.M. on Sunday. Deputies arrived at the scene and found Gutgsell suffering from stab wounds. The suspect was also discovered inside the rectory. This shocking incident has left the small town of Fort Calhoun reeling.

The Archdiocese of Omaha has issued a statement expressing their deep sorrow over the loss of Father Gutgsell. They have also confirmed that the church will be temporarily closed as the investigation unfolds.

In the statement, the Archdiocese said, “The Archdiocese of Omaha is praying for Father Stephen Gutgsell, who was assaulted during an invasion at the rectory of St. John the Baptist parish in Fort Calhoun early Sunday morning. Father Gutgsell was transported to Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, where he died of his injuries. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, and there are no further details at this time. Please join Archbishop George Lucas in prayer for the repose of Father Gutgsell, for his family, and for the St. John the Baptist parish community in this tragic time.”

Father Gutgsell had a contentious past, having pleaded guilty to embezzlement from a previous church in 2007. Following his guilty plea, he was placed on probation and required to pay restitution. Eventually, he was transferred to St. John Baptist parish. However, police do not currently believe that his murder is related to this past crime.

As the community mourns the loss of Father Gutgsell, questions remain about the motive behind this senseless act of violence. The news of the priest’s tragic death has sent shockwaves through the small town and beyond, with many expressing their disbelief and sorrow over the senseless loss of such a beloved community figure.

Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing, and the community is left grappling with the profound loss of a man who had dedicated his life to serving others.

The shocking nature of this incident has left the town of Fort Calhoun in a state of shock and disbelief. As the investigation unfolds, the community will undoubtedly come together to mourn and seek justice for the beloved priest who was taken from them so tragically. The motive behind the attack remains unclear, leaving many with unanswered questions and a profound sense of grief. The impact of Father Gutgsell’s death will be felt for years to come, as the community mourns the loss of a man who had been a pillar of strength and comfort to so many.