U.S. diplomat Dan Mitrione, kidnapped then assassinated by guerrillas in Uruguay, was buried today in?
U.S. diplomat Dan Mitrione, kidnapped then assassinated by guerrillas in Uruguay, was buried today in his hometown of Richmond, Indiana. Mitrione was found shot dead early on Monday in Montevideo after the Uruguay Government had refused demands by his captors to release 150 political prisoners.
Before the funeral, ten thousand mourners from Richmond payed their last respects to Mitrione's flag-draped coffin in the local municipal building.
Mitione's widow and her nine children were among the congregation at the requiem mass at the Holy Family catholic church. Also present at the service were U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers and David Eisenhower, President Nixon's son-in-law.
Mitrione, a 50-year-old diplomat, had been serving as an adviser in Uruguay to the Agency for International Development; part of his duties was to teach police methods. He was kidnapped when guerrillas rammed his car with two trucks. After demands by his kidnappers to release 150 political prisoners were refused by the Government, Mitione was found shot dead in an abandoned car in Montevideo.
The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Robert Minton, pastor of the Holy Family church, were Mitrione worshipped while serving with the Richmond Police Department. Mr. Rogers and David Eisenhower followed the service right to the graveside, accompanied by Mr. Hector Luisi, Uruguay's Ambassador to the United States.