Priests attacked in Phoenix: Fund to pay for slain priest's funeral exceeds goal

PHOENIX - Police, armed with only a vague description of a suspect, are continuing to investigate a deadly priest shooting at a Roman Catholic church in Phoenix.

Sgt. Steve Martos says authorities have no new leads in Wednesday night's shooting death of the Rev. Kenneth Walker and the beating of the Rev. Joseph Terra.

Martos says investigators are still processing evidence from the scene and in Walker's car. They also plan to keep going door to door in the neighborhood in the hopes of finding more witnesses.

According to Martos, Terra, who remains in critical but stable condition, was able to provide "limited information."

The investigation comes as Catholics around metropolitan Phoenix plan to attend Mass services on Father's Day weekend.

The church held a service Saturday morning and plans to keep its regular Mass schedule on Sunday.

Father Eric Flood has taken over duties at Mother of Mercy church in central Phoenix.

He told ABC15 a fund to pay for Walker’s funeral has surpassed its goal of $20,000.

The fund was started by a Kansas woman on Friday and the money raised will go to fly Walker’s body back to Missouri for his funeral. It will also be used to fly his family to the service and burial.

Click here to make donation.

Walker is one of 11 children who grew up in rural Pennsylvania.

“The monetary support is overwhelming and very special because it means we can all be together for his funeral. We are so grateful,” said Walker's sister Sasha Keyes.

“Reading the messages posted on the fund page just brings tears to us. We are thankful for the support,” Keyes said.

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