Mississippi police investigating stabbing deaths of 2 nuns

By Doug G. Ware

HOLMES COUNTY, Miss., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Authorities are investigating the slaying of two Catholic nuns at their home in Mississippi, police said Thursday.

The women were found stabbed, investigators said. They were identified as Sister Paula Merrill, a nurse practitioner in Kentucky, and Sister Margaret Held, a practitioner in Milwaukee.


The Clarion-Ledger reported Thursday that the nuns helped treat thousands of patients a year at the nearby Lexington Medical Clinic in Holmes County.

"These were the two sweetest sisters you could imagine," the Rev. Greg Plata said. "It's so senseless."

The nuns lived in the town of Durant, about 65 miles northeast of Jackson.

Police said they suspected robbery as the motive. The killer had not been caught.

"These sisters have spent years of dedicated service here in Mississippi. They absolutely loved the people in their community," Bishop Joseph Kopacz, of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, said. "We mourn with the people of Lexington and Durant and we pray for the Sisters of Charity, the School Sisters of St. Francis and the families left behind."

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