Sister Irene McCormack
About Sister Irene McCormack
At about 6pm on 21 May 1991 an armed band of members of Sendero Luminoso entered the town of Huasahuasi. They took 4 men from their homes and then went to the convent where Sister McCormack was alone. They forced her to come out and then marched her to the central plaza and made her sit on a bench. During the night a group of young people from the village gathered around McCormack and managed to move her back into the crowd, but the guerrillas soon noticed that she was not there and returned her to the bench. Eventually the 5 prisoners were ordered to lie face down on the terrazzo-tiled surface of the plaza. Each was shot once in the back of the head. McCormack was the first to be killed and was about 6 metres from the door of the church.
Sister McCormack at 16 years old.
Sister McCormack in Peru
Sister McCormack in Peru with some local children.
Sister McCormack's Grave
Sister McCormack's grave in Peru. August 21 1938 - May 21 1991.