(Christian Solidarity Worldwide) — CSW has learned that an evangelical pastor died on Aug. 10 after being shot multiple times in his home in Bajo Cauca Antioquia, northern Colombia.
The body of Pastor Plinio Rafael Salcedo was discovered at his home in the village of La Caucana, in the town and municipality of Tarazá, Bajo Cauca Antioquia, a subregion of the Department of Antioquia. Pastor Salcedo leaves behind a wife and two young children, as well as the church he led as part of the Movimiento Misionero Mundial group of churches.
The motive for the attack is not yet known, although it is thought to be linked to a protest that took place two days prior to the pastor’s death, when around 1000 people from local Protestant and Catholic churches gathered to call for the restoration of peace in the region.
Church leaders often function as de facto community leaders, especially in small rural communities. Over the course of the country’s 50-year conflict, hundreds of church leaders were targeted for assassination by all sides.