The death knell rang at noon in all the Catholic parishes of Vendée to honor, Friday August 13, the memory of Father Olivier Maire, found dead Monday in the premises of the congregation Montfortian missionaries, to which he belonged. Emmanuel Abayisenga, a psychologically fragile Rwandan refugee, confessed to having killed this 60-year-old priest, very popular in his parish of Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre. The suspect, already indicted for the fire at Nantes cathedral in July 2020, had been placed under judicial supervision at the end of his pre-trial detention on May 31, with an obligation to reside within this religious community. He was automatically hospitalized in psychiatry after going to the gendarmerie.
Funeral in public. The funeral of Olivier Maire, initially planned in the strictest privacy, will finally be open to the public. “Priority will be given to family members, religious and clergymen, and officials, specifies the diocese of Luçon. The public will then be able to enter within the limit of available places. “ The Keeper of the Seals, Eric Dupond-Moretti, will represent the government.
A giant screen deployed. Many faithful are expected in the small town of 3,600 inhabitants, which, for the occasion, installed a giant screen in front of the basilica of Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. People who will not be able to enter the place of worship, when the maximum gauge is reached, will be able to follow the ceremony outside.
The investigation is continuing. On the judicial front, the investigation is continuing to determine whether Emmanuel Abayisenga, suspected of the murder and suffering from serious psychological disorders, can be held responsible for his actions.