Ragheed Aziz Ganni (
20 January 1972, -
Mosul, Iraq 3 June 2007, Mosul)
was an ethnic Assyrian Chaldean Catholic priest. On June 3, 2007, Trinity Sunday,the
Sunday after Pentecost, he was killed along with three subdeacons
including his cousin Basman Yousef Daud, Wahid Hanna Isho, and Gassan Isam
Bidawed in front of Mosul's Holy
Spirit Chaldean Church where he was parish priest. Fr. Ragheed had just
finished celebrating the Sunday evening Divine Liturgy (Mass). The
three deacons had recently decided to accompany Fr. Ragheed because of threats
against his life. After Mass as he was walking away from the church with Daud
and as Isho, Bidawed, and Isho's wife followed by car, the group was stopped by
unknown armed men. One of the gunmen shouted at Fr. Ragheed that he had warned
him to close the church and demanded to know why he didn't do it. Fr Ragheed
replied asking "How can I close the house of God?" The gunmen ordered
the woman to flee. Then after the gunmen demanded that the four men convert to
Islam and they refused they were shot down. The car was then set with
explosives to deter interference and so that the bodies would remain abandoned.
Several hours passed until a police bomb-squad defused the devices allowing
corpses to be recovered.
Thousands of people attended the funeral of the four men in
on June 4m 2007.
Father Ganni was secretary to Paulos Faraj Rahho,
the Archbishop of Mosul of the Keremlish,
Iraq , Chaldean
largest Christian community. Rahho was murdered only nine months after Ganni's death,
in the same city of Mosul.
Above from Wikipedia
For more information on Fr. Ragheed : http://www.ragheed.net/About.aspx