In Fort Calhoun, a small Nebraska city approximately 20 miles north of Omaha, tragedy struck when authorities and church officials reported that a suspect had broken into the rectory of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church early Sunday morning, resulting in the fatal stabbing of Catholic priest Father Stephen Gutgsell.
Sheriff deputies responded to an attempted break-in at the church and discovered Father Gutgsell with stab wounds around 5 a.m. The 5:00 a.m. attack, allegedly perpetrated by Kierre Williams, unfolded within the church premises. Father Gutgsell was promptly taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
At the time of the authorities’ arrival, the suspect, 43-year-old Kierre Williams from Sioux City, Iowa, was still inside the church’s rectory. Williams was subsequently arrested on charges of homicide and the use of a weapon to commit a felony.
This tragic incident has deeply affected the tight-knit community of Fort Calhoun, mourning the loss of Father Gutgsell, who served at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.