Family of Fr. Joe Moreno says evidence shows that death wasn't a suicide

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - How did Father Joe Moreno die?

The beloved Buffalo priest died in October of 2012, and at the time his death was ruled to be a suicide. Last year, his family has called for the investigation to be reopened.

Today, his sister shared the evidence she says shows that Fr. Moreno didn't commit suicide with WKBW.

"There were scenes, photos that were tampered with," Sue Moreno said. "His desk drawer was broken into. His file cabinet is missing, his current files are missing. His fax machine is missing."

"Joey was going to expose something," Sue said.

Sue also showed 7 Eyewitness News checks she says were forged, including one written on the day of this death.

"I was told by the store that he did not write that check," Sue said.

Sue also says there questions as to the shooting themselves, including a lack of blood splatter and concern about how he could have pulled the trigger.

"We want justice for our beloved Father Joe," Sue said.

The family also has a copy of an autopsy x-ray that appears to show two injuries to the priest's head.

"How can there be two head wounds when you are going to shoot yourself in the head once," asked Jeff Peterson, a family friend.

The Moreno family now wants Buffalo Police to invite the NYS Police or the U.S. Department of Justice to review the case.

"The first step that needs to be done is for the death certificate to be changed to homicide," explained Sue Moreno.

Ed Reilly has more in his reports.

 

 

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