Andoni Flores ’11 Marks Campus with Crosses in Memorium of the 1989 UCA Massacre

Submitted by Web Communications on November 16, 2010

In memorium of 6 Jesuit priests who were murdered on November 16, 1989 by the Salvadoran military on the campus of the University of Central America (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador, along with their housekeeper, Elba Ramos, and her daughter Celia Marisela Ramos, Andoni Flores ’11  marked Fairfield’s campus with crosses, on the hill near Egan Chapel.

The priests were labeled subversives by the Salvadoran government for speaking out against the oppressive socioeconomic structure of Salvadoran society. Their assassinations were ordered for their unwavering defense of the poor. Their names were:

  • Ignacio Ellacuria
  • Segundo Montes
  • Ignacio Martin-Baro
  • Joaquin Lopez y Lopez
  • Juan Ramon Moreno
  • Amado Lopez

Flores, who is growing his hair for Locks of Love, a charity that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who suffer from long-term medical hair loss, nailed the crosses into the ground 21 years to the day of the murders.

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