English Missionary Slain in Kenya

MOMBASA, Kenya, APRIL 11, 2008 (Zenit.org).- An English missionary brother was killed in Kenya on Wednesday, the victim of unknown assailants.

Brother Brian Thorp, 77, was slain in Lamu parish in the Archdiocese of Mombasa. The parish priest there, Father Francis Schouten, told the Catholic Information Service of Africa that investigations are under way to determine what happened.

The brother was found Thursday morning, apparently the victim of an armed robbery.

Brian Thorp was born in 1931 in Derbyshire, England, and joined the Mill Hill Missionaries in 1968.

Brother Thorp’s first appointment was to Basankusu, Congo. He also worked in Uganda. In 1999, he returned to Kenya, and was appointed to Lamu Island where he renovated the parish buildings.