Man found dead in basilica at Catholic shrine of Fátima

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 08-01-2016 10:35:00 · 0 Comments

A man was found dead on Thursday in the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity in Fátima, church officials and the regional GNR (national guard) said

Fátima is Portugal's most important Catholic shrine, drawing hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year.

The man found dead was a native of Rio Maior who was 68, according to the Santarém region GNR.

Basilica officials "heard a shot and when they arrived found the gentleman dead," the GNR official said.

According to a church official, "between 9.15 and 9.30 security came across a man alone inside the basilica who unfortunately was already dead". The shrine "deeply regrets the death of a person", the official added.

In an earlier statement, the shrine said that it was "temporarily closed to the public" because of "a suicide attempt that unfortunately ended with the death of a man".

No one else was in the basilica at the time except for shrine security "who immediately ran to help this brother" and called the emergency services.


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