Fr. Nomer de Lumen, a Catholic priest of the diocese of Antipolo, suffragan of the archdiocese of Manila, was found dead due to gunshots in his room on September 9, 2020. He was 32 years old.
This is what the local Church reports to Agenzia Fides. According to ongoing investigations, the lifeless body of Father De Lumen, parish vicar of St. John the Baptist church in Taytay, in the province of Rizal, near Manila, was found in his room around 3:45 pm local time on September 9, by a pastoral worker who called the police. A revolver and two bullets were found at the scene of the crime and the priest’s body sustained a fatal gunshot wound to his chin, first police findings revealed. The dynamics of the priest’s death have yet to be ascertained and whether it is a murder. At the moment all the hypotheses are being examined by the investigators and interrogations are underway.
The chancellor of the diocese of Antipolo, Fr. Alejandro Pestaño, said that the funeral of the deceased will be held today, 11 September, in St. Judas Thaddeus parish, in Tanay. The diocese of Antipolo has not yet issued an official statement on the reasons for the death of the deceased priest, pending communications from the investigators.