Father Virgilio Elizondo Left a Suicide Note, Report Says

By Mark D. Wilson
San Antonio Express-News
March 17, 2016

Officers who found Father Virgilio Elizondo dead inside his West Side home Monday discovered a suicide note near his body and his finger still on the trigger, according to an incident report obtained by

The report said Elizondo, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was slumped over in a chair and still had his finger on the trigger of a loaded revolver when officers arrived to his home. Elizondo had placed paperwork for his attorney on a desk in his room, the report said.

Police interviewed a woman at the scene who had originally found Elizondo, 80. The woman, who is not named in the report, told officers that the priest had never mentioned being suicidal.

Elizondo, a religious scholar and author, was named in a lawsuit filed in Bexar County last year accusing him of sexually abusing an unidentified boy more than 30 years ago. The woman interviewed by police at the scene mentioned the allegations to police, the report said.








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