Valley woman claims to know Phoenix priest attack suspect Gary Moran

PHOENIX - A homeless shelter near located near 12th Avenue and Madison Street is used by people from all walks of life.

It was also the temporary home to a suspected murderer.

Yvonne Robles has been going there for the last 18 years. She knows almost everyone, including 54-year-old Gary Moran.

Robles said, "When I heard about this, I was shocked because this man was not like this."

She’s referring to the deadly attack on two Phoenix priests. Police say Gary Moran broke into the rectory of Mother of Mercy Mission last Wednesday.

There, they say he shot Father Kenneth Walker to death and severely injured Father Joseph Terra.

Robles said she'd seen Moran at the shelter many times before he was sentenced to prison in 2005 for stabbing a man at an east Phoenix home.

"He would be walking. He would be communicating with everybody and to himself. He wasn't always angry,” recalled Robles.

Moran, who has a history of drug abuse issues, was released from prison on April 26 of this year, but Robles said he wasn't the same.

She said he kept to himself and started speaking to himself as well.

It wasn't until news of the brutal attack on the priests broke that she saw Moran again, but this time it was his mug shot she was looking at.

Robles added, "I figured sometimes people. .. we don't realize they've become like this."

Moran was turned in to police by a woman who claims he bragged to her about the attacks. She also told police he asked her to hold onto a bag which contained one of the priests’ cameras inside.

Moran is being held on a $1 million bond. Because of his recent prison release, he won’t be let out of jail even if he can post bond.

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