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Two Catholic nuns found murdered at their home in Mississippi

  • Sisters Paula Merrill and Margaret Held were found dead on Thursday
  • A police officer found their bodies when they didn’t report to work 
  • Authorities say deaths appear to be homicide, but didn’t release motive
  • It is also too early to say exactly how they died but they weren’t shot 

Friends have paid tribute to two Catholic nuns who were found slain at their Mississippi home, saying they would do ‘anything for anybody’.

Sisters Paula Merrill and Margaret Held were found by a police officer at their home on Castalian Springs Road in Durant when they did not report to work as normal on Thursday morning.

The women, both nurse practitioners, provided flu shots, insulin and other medical care for children and adults at the Lexington Medical Clinic.


Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said it appeared the nuns had been murdered.

Authorities did not release a cause of death, but the Rev. Greg Plata said police told him the nuns were stabbed.

Dr. Elias Abboud, who



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