National Lutheran News

Lutheran school in El Salvador ransacked, guard murdered

On January 29, Salvadoran Lutheran University in San Salvador, El Salvador, was raided by thieves. They killed Manuel de Jesus Martinez, the guard on duty, and stole almost all the university’s equipment.

Missing were computers and educational materials from the department for environmental services. A bus belonging to the school was taken but abandoned two blocks from the home of the institution’s acting rector.

Police have captured two suspects, according to lapren sagrafica.com, an online news source. The stolen equipment has been recovered.

The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), sent an appeal to the president of El Salvador, asking for an investigation of the raid and the murder.

Said Hanson, who is also presiding bishop of the ELCA, “We are concerned about the future safety of this entire university community, those em-ployed there as well as faculty and students.” He asked El Salvador’s president to “direct the Policia Nacional Civil to provide increased protection to the university and the surrounding area.”