Tragic Priest Sexual Abuse Suicide In Owensboro

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.

2 thoughts on “Tragic Priest Sexual Abuse Suicide In Owensboro

  1. How tragic that nobody would take responsibility for the trauma inflicted upon this poor fellow, and that his pain was so great it caused him to decide to end his life.

    My prayers are with you, David Jarboe, that your soul finds the Peace it seeks.

  2. Such a tragedy! As a practicing Catholic the church still has much to answer for the abuse that it inflicted on a segment of it’s most vulnerable- the young. And just saying “We’re sorry!” doesn’t cut it.

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