Vatican Guard Murdered

— NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports on the murder of Alois Estermann, newly appointed head of Pope John Paul II's Swiss Guards. Estermann, his wife, and a non-commissioned officer of the corps, Cedrich Tornay, were all found shot to death in the commander's apartment last night. Vatican officials say Tornay committed the murders and then turned the gun upon himself. Estermann had been granted his post just earlier in the day, and had accompanied the Pope on over thirty trips abroad while serving as acting commander. He was forty-four years old.



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