Magazine article The Christian Century

Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Murdered Missionaries

Magazine article The Christian Century

Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Murdered Missionaries

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A wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of four Christian missionaries who were raped and murdered in El Salvador in 1980 was filed March 11 against two retired Salvadoran military officers who are now living in Florida. Former Defense Minister Jose Guillermo Garcia, 65, and Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, 61, the former director general of the Salvadoran National Guard, were charged in the federal lawsuit that claims the killings and the cover-up involved high-ranking officers and military leaders.

"The families want to get to the bottom of it," said Bob Kerrigan, one of the attorneys representing the victims' families. "How far up does this go?" The families of the victims believe that the deaths of the three nuns and a lay worker were part of a campaign to intimidate people perceived as sympathizers of leftist guerrillas during the 12-year civil war that began in 1979. The deaths prompted an international outcry and caused many to demand an end to U. …

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