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American Nun Shot And Killed During Robbery

July 14, 1989

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Unidentified gunmen killed one American nun and wounded another at their mission, a priest said today.

Sister Agnes Reinkemeyer of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary was shot and killed Wednesday night at the order’s mission at Wema near the coastal town of Malindi, according to a priest at the Garissa diocese in eastern Kenya.

The assailants also shot her American colleague, Sister Evelyn Marie Peterman, in the leg, said the priest, who would identify himself only as Father Joe. She was treated in Malindi and returned to the mission, he said.

Father Joe said the diocese did not know how many gunmen staged the attack or what their motive was.

He said the diocese’s sketchy information about the shooting came from the Rev. Spiro Galeo who was visiting the mission from Malta.

After leaving the mission, Spiro telephoned the diocese about Sister Agnes’ slaying, but he passed out before completing the call, said Father Joe. It was not known whether Spiro was injured in the shooting.

A third nun, Sister Ramona Meurer, usually based at the Wema mission, was away at the time but has since returned, he said.

Father Joe said Sister Agnes’ funeral will be held Monday at Garissa.

The diocese and the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi said the nuns’ hometowns or ages were not immediately available.

″It’s very confused because this place is way up in the middle of nowhere, and there are no telephones″ at the mission, said an embassy spokeswoman.

The Franciscan Sisters of Mary is based in Richmond Heights, Mo., near St. Louis. The mission in Wema has been in operation since 1948, and the sisters cater primarily to women and the area’s health needs.

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