This morning I shared with you a horribly sad story on Page One about a young man who killed himself in Owensboro after making allegations of being abused by priests.
As I said at the time, officials were telling me quietly and behind the scenes that the young man – David Jarboe – had died. And the Messenger-Inquirer has released an update to its story:
David Jarboe, the man who shot himself outside Blessed Mother Catholic Church Thursday morning, died late that same night, according to the Daviess County Coroner’s office.
Daviess County Coroner Jeff Jones said his office was contacted at about 9:30 p.m. and notified that Jarboe, 23, had died. Jarboe had been at Owensboro Medical Health System since Thursday morning after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In addition to the excerpts I shared earlier, the Herald-Leader now has a feature story about the sad mess. Click here to read it.
Since Louisville has been at the center of a majority of the sexual abuse cases in the Catholic Church, I thought it’d be a good idea to bring the story over to The ‘Ville Voice.
Some of the priests have been named by Fox 7 in Evansville:
Here are some of the quotes Jarboe made in that extensive Facebook post:
“Fr. William Bear—you get no thanks. You are an evil man. Period.”
“Fr. Freddie Byrd—I forgive you”
“But let my life be a testimony. The abuse of this church is real. Let it be known. It doesn’t make you a non believer. It doesn’t jeopardize your fate. It’s the right thing to do.”
This is getting worse and worse as the day drags on.