UPDATE, 8:45p: Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life released a YouTube statement on George Tiller’s death earlier today. While the first part of his statement is obsolete because Tiller’s killer has been apprehended, the rest is helpful.

[HT: commenter Mike]
UPDATE, 8:30p: Gateway Pundit has information on Tiller’s murderer, Scott Roeder.
[HT: moderator Carder]
tillerhands.jpgDr. George Tiller, late-term abortionist, was murdered today just after 10 am in the lobby of Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, KS, where he and his wife were active members.
Through his attorneys, his family has issued a statement.
Professor Robert George of Princeton has also issued a statement on National Review regarding this tragic disregard for human life, with which we voice our agreement…

Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing. The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the blood George Tiller had on his own hands. No private individual had the right to execute judgment against him. We are a nation of laws. Lawless violence breeds only more lawless violence. Rightly or wrongly, George Tiller was acquitted by a jury of his peers. “Vengeance is mine, says the Lord.” For the sake of justice and right, the perpetrator of this evil deed must be prosecuted, convicted, and punished.
By word and deed, let us teach that violence against abortionists is not the answer to the violence of abortion. Every human life is precious. George Tiller’s life was precious. We do not teach the wrongness of taking human life by wrongfully taking a human life. Let our “weapons” in the fight to defend the lives of abortion’s tiny victims, be chaste weapons of the Spirit.

Our prayers are with the family of Dr. George Tiller during this difficult time of loss.
[Photo attribution: markljackson.net]

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