A Ugandan vicar for an Episcopalian church in Houston, Texas was last evening found dead, along with the bodies of his wife and their five-year-old son.
The bodies of Rev. Dr. Israel Ahimbisibwe, Dorcus Ahimbisibwe, and Israel Junior were found in their apartment, a day after they were reported missing, a report carried by the Daily mail says.
An initial report indicated that the family died from fatal blows although there are no signs of forced entry found, according to a police interview carried by a local television in Houston.
The family did not go to church on Sunday, raising worry among parishioners at Church of the Redeemer, Episcopal.
The couple had not been seen in public since Friday, according to one of the parishioners, Keever Wallace who made a visit to the Ahimbisibwe family’s Houston apartment. “He didn’t show up for church on sunday, which is totally out of character for them not to let us know, and didn’t respond to text or phone calls,” Wallace is quoted saying.
He added that “my wife and I stopped by yesterday afternoon, knocked on the door,’ Wallace said.’No response. Talked with their neighbors, and they’d not seen them since, since Friday.”
The Church of the Redeemer, Episcopal’s website says the vicar who was born, raised, and ordained priest in the Anglican Communion of the Province of the Church of Uganda, earned his Bachelor of Divinity degree at Makerere University before settling in the United States.
He also had degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard University Divinity School, and Rice University. The profile on the website says Ahimbisibwe and his wife have two other sons, named Isaac and Emanuel.
Dorcus Ahimbisibwe was a Sunday school teacher at The Church of the Redeemer, Episcopal, the report further adds.
In a statement, the Episcopalian Bishop of Texas, Bishop C. Andrew Doyle, said ‘This is a horrific and awful tragedy. We are in touch with the police and Israel’s family here in Houston. Please keep the Ahimbisibwe and Redeemer families in your prayers.’
Besides serving as Vicar of Redeemer, Israel was College Missioner to the Canterbury ministry at the University of Houston.