Berliners mourn death of African priest Alain-Florent Gandoulou | News | DW


Berlin’s French-speaking Catholic community held funeral rites Sunday for Gandoulou in the city’s St Thomas Aquinas church, still shocked by the 54-year-old’s violent death on Thursday night.

Police alerted to a loud French-language argument inside the Catholic pastorate office — heard by witnesses shortly after choir practice — found Gandoulou’s lifeless body shortly before midnight. 

The investigation was continuing Sunday and a motive had not yet been established, according to a police spokeswoman quoted by the Protestant church news agency EPD.

Father Gandoulou had been beaten about the head with office objects and was then stabbed in the head, Germany’s tabloid newspaper Bild reported.

In his home country, Brazzanews described his death as a possible assassination, in connection…

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