Priest Reacts To Brutal Death Of Lifelong Church Member
By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Jul 26, 2013
Omaha, NE -- On the day Louise Sollowin's family began saying their final farewell, her accused killer appeared in a court room once again.
Father James Buckley is a priest at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. It's where Sollowin was a lifelong member.
"We all think Louise could have been our mother or our grandmother," said Father Buckely. "Everybody feels that way. When that happens, that binds everybody together at a time like this. In a funny sense, that's quite a beautiful thing."
Police said 93-year-old Sollowin was beaten and raped on Sunday morning by Sergio Perez, 19.
She died on Wednesday, and police believe it was because of the attack.
On Friday, Perez was in court to hear his new charges.
He is now facing first-degree murder, which means he will no longer be charged for first-degree assault, first-degree sexual assault and burglary.
A judge once again denied bond.
"He was held without bond on the sexual assault charge, burglary charge and the first-degree assault charge so we anticipated that," said Don Kleine, the Douglas County Attorney. "Obviously, we are very pleased he's not going anywhere, and he's held without bond."
As for the Sollowin family, Father Buckley said it's going to take a lot of healing to move on, but the entire community is going to help them through it.
"We maintain that deep family orientation," he said. "The Sollowin family will benefit from that now because they will see the love of this parish poured upon them and the love of the entire city."
Sollowin's funeral is Saturday.
As far as Perez goes, immigration has a hold on him. The county attorney doesn't believe he is in the U.S. legally.
He will be back in court next month.