Beloved Priest Murdered in Francophone Parish in Berlin
Date of incident: February 22, 2018
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Private
Father Alain-Florent Gandoulou, the head of the Catholic French-Speaking community, was murdered in his office around midnight. A suspect from Cameroon was arrested but no motive was reported.
Late on February 22nd, police responded to a call from witnesses reporting a loud argument in French in the parish office in Berlin-Charlottenburg. They said 54-year-old Fr. Gandoulou, originally from the Congo, sustained fatal injuries after being beaten with objects in his office and stabbed in the head with an umbrella tip.
The following day, a 26-year-old man from Cameroon was arrested in connection with the murder and was detained in a psychiatric ward. Police did not release the suspect’s name, and no motive was reported. Media in the Congo called the murder a politically motivated "assassination"
On February 25th, shocked mourners from the Paroisse Catholique Francophone attended funeral rites Sunday for Fr. Gandoulou in the city's St Thomas Aquinas church.