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UPDATE: Brother Baker commits suicide

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A former religious leader and coach at Warren John F. Kennedy accused of sexually abusing 11 students during his time at the school died from suicide.

According to our print partner, the Vindicator, Stephen Baker died from a self-inflicted knife wound at St. Bernardine Monastery in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania.

The 11 men had just recently came forward in a lawsuit against the diocese and Third Order Regular Franciscans in Pennsylvania where Baker was a member.

The Diocese of Youngstown released a statement Saturday morning stating Brother Stephen Baker was dead.

In the statement, Bishop George Murry of the diocese said  that Father Patrick Quinn, provincial of the Third Order Regular Franciscans, announced Baker's death.

Blair Township police told our affiliate WJAC in Johnstown, Pa., they were called at 7:35 Saturday morning and found Baker, who lived at a monastery near Hollidaysburg, was dead upon their arrival.

 

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