Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Priest with Twin Cities ties killed in Guatemala robbery

The Rev. Larry Rosebaugh, who had been a priest in St. Paul, was killed by armed robbers in Guatemala. The gunmen got away with only $125.

A Roman Catholic priest with local ties was killed in a robbery in Guatemala this week.

The Rev. Larry Rosebaugh, 74, was killed Monday when gunmen surrounded a car carrying him and four other priests in the city of Playa Grande, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis learned Wednesday. The gunman opened fire, killing Rosebaugh and wounding one of the other passengers.

The robbers escaped with the equivalent of $125, a cell phone and a couple of religious ornaments.

Rosebaugh had been a missionary in Guatemala for 10 years. He was a native of Appleton, Wis., who was ordained in 1963. He served as an associate pastor at the Church of St. Casimir in St. Paul and then moved to Duluth, where he taught high school.

After being transferred to Milwaukee, he gained national fame for his opposition to the Vietnam War. On Sept. 24, 1968, he led a group of anti-war protesters who stormed the draft board office in Milwaukee, removed thousands of records and set them on fire. The protesters, who came to be known as the Milwaukee 14, served 20 months in prison.

Rosebaugh was buried yesterday in Guatemala City. Star Tribune

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