Father Damien Ekete of Holy Spirit church on University Avenue in the Bronx was shot after trying to evangelize a drug dealer. Ekete witnessed a drug deal going on while waiting for a cab after attending a party in Queens. While telling the drug dealer that his lifestyle was not moral and was dangerous, a green Nissan Altima pulled beside them and someone inside began to shoot. The perpetrator missed the drug dealer and hit the priest instead in his right upper arm.
Father Damien Ekete is a 49 year old African native of Nigeria and has worked in the Archdiocese of New York for five years. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital and released. Shortly after, he was interviewed by detectives and drove home to his rectory in the Bronx. Please keep father Ekete in your prayers as he recovers. I commend his bravery and evangelical zeal, however, he must be more careful and understand that the streets are dangerous and he must always check his surroundings. I myself was attacked by ‘Latin Kings’ gang members after recruiting some of their members to our youth group. Luckily my kick boxing skills are sharp and I was able to take down the five gangsters. They messed with the wrong guy! The ‘holy beat down’ I gave in self defense served to increase my street credit which brought more youth! God works in strange ways indeed!!!
I know Holy Spirit parish very well. It is a small modest parish community located near Bronx Community College.