A young Neocatechumenal victim of street violence
Information services in Venezuela announced that a stray bullet during a shootout between gangs killed Elvis Bernabe Rojas Yepez. Rojas was 26 years old. He was the head Psalmist (or cantor) of the fourth Neocatechumenal community of his parish, Our Lady of Carmen, in the Las Cumbres, in Antímano, Caracas, Venezuela.
The incident occurred on Saturday night. The communities had just finished the Eucharist and since Rojas was the one in charge of closing the Church, he was the last to leave. Eyewitnesses say that just after the celebration, there was a skirmish between two gangs just near the Church. A bullet was diverted on to the door of the Church. It ended the life of Elvis.
"We heard like 20 shots and suddenly I realized my brother had been hit," his brother said. He was rushed to hospital but when he arrived, he was already dead.
Elvis Rojas was in a Computer Technical school and at the same time working in the bank BOD Square Mall. He was the eldest of three brothers.
Antímano is an area located west of Caracas, with a population of 150,000 inhabitants, and is considered one of the most violent areas of Latin America.