July 13th, 2011
08:19 AM ET

Florida police arrest suspect in Louisiana priest's death

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Polk County, Florida, detectives arrested a man Tuesday in connection with the slaying of a priest in Mississippi.

Jeremy Manieri, 31, was wanted by Waveland, Mississippi, police in connection with the Rev. Edward Everitt's death Sunday, said Donna Wood, a Polk County Sheriff's officer.

"Mr. Manieri was one of the last people ... that we know of to see Father Everitt," said Waveland Police Chief James Varnell. "We believe that his motive is robbery."

Rev. Edward Everitt was killed Sunday.

Everitt, 70, was found dead Monday in the Dominican Retreat house in Waveland, Varnell said. He presided over the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond, Louisiana.

"This tragic loss of Father Ed's life leaves a deeply felt void in all our lives," said Bishop Robert Muench of Baton Rouge.

Read the full story here about the murdered priest
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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. bill hensen

    Yea, Tiller the killer was responsible for murdering hundreds if not thousands of babies just becasue they "were an inconveinence". What a hero.....about on the same level as Hitler, Stalin, Chariman Mao, the Catholic priests who led the Inquisition, the modern Catholic priest pedophile society and Vlad the Impaler. re-examine your thoughts, david johnson

    July 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • SnowVeil

      Bill, inquisition trials did not kill many, not at all. Only atheists and Darwinians and Asian imperialists kill people by millions in a non-war situation. Gross disportion in your listing. All religions in the world time to time kill non-members by its name but the Christian Church alone brought healing, liberty and education. Westerners should pay tax to the Church for all the benefits they've got from her.

      July 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • SnowVeil

      Bill, do Americans learn the world history at all? I get worried. You still think Europe and America were the only world that existed for the last 2,000 years. Secular Americans must have thought China existed only since 50 years ago.

      July 15, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  2. DiamondSky

    Many Christians who help others for the entire life get martyrdom all around the world – 150,000 – 170,000 a year.

    July 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  3. Artist

    While I dislike the catholic church, it is sad when good people are murdered. It appears this man of god was a good guy.

    July 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  4. KeninTexas

    It is sad that someone who spent his entire life helping others, would end up being killed by this guy. Someone who he probably was helping as well. What a shame it is.

    July 13, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Kenin Texas

      You said: "It is sad that someone who spent his entire life helping others, would end up being killed by this guy."

      Yes. George Tiller spent his life helping women with their right to choose. A religious nut finally gunned him down, as Tiller was worshiping his god in church.


      Violence is always sad

      July 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • gerald

      Violence in the womb is sad too David. When a doctor takes a forcepts and crushes the skull of a baby where it should be the safests, in it's mother's womb, you don't find that sad? I think it quite horrible.

      July 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      David Johnson,
      This is a very sad story. Reminding all of the horror of someone taking another’s life is always sad especially lives of babies who have had their right to life cut short. ‘Right to life’ is for all, not just those who managed to get out of the uterus before being killed. How is this right to life for all, going to hold true if they are killed in the womb? It is especially horrific when man passes such a law that it says it is ok to do killings as long as the baby is still in the womb!
      Violence against a person is always horrific….
      May Father Edward Everitt be at peace forever.

      July 15, 2011 at 10:39 am |
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