2 nuns found slain in Mississippi home; motive unclear

2 nuns found slain in Mississippi home

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Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee said Thursday that an officer found Paula Merrill and Margaret Held after they failed to show up for work.

One is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky. The other is part of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee.

Pray in gratitude for the precious lives of Sisters Paula and Margaret … they served the poor so well."

Posted by Sisters of Charity of Nazareth on Thursday, August 25, 2016

The two were practicing sisters. Investigators said there is no clear motive behind the killings but they are looking into whether or not their religious work had anything to do with the murders.

According to Facebook page for the School Sisters of St. Francis, the two spent more than 30 years ministering in Mississippi and helping the disadvantaged.

"The people who are doing all of these things don't care whether you're a nun or whether your child," Mimi Willis said.

It is with heavy hearts that report the deaths of Sister Margaret Held (pictured), a member of our Province, and Sister...

Posted by School Sisters of St. Francis on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Authorities have not said how the women died, although they said it appeared they were not shot.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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