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Church responds to criticism following deadly crash involving man who was provided sanctuary

Posted at 5:39 PM, Aug 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-11 23:26:58-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — A crash last week on Highway 83 left five children without a father.

Sean Buchanan was on his motorcycle when a truck driven by Miguel Ramirez Valiente crashed into him head on, according to State Patrol.

Ramirez Valiente is the man who sought sanctuary at "All Souls Unitarian Church" in Colorado Springs to avoid being deported during the government shutdown.

The church is now saying that all of the attention on Ramirez Valiente's immigration status politicizes Buchanan's death, all while "fanning the flame" of anit-immigration sentiments, especially after the El Paso shooting.

"Clearly, this has no bearing on the accident. But the media, as I said, made that a focus of the reporting on this tragedy, and as a result, myself and All Souls have been accused of murdering Shawn and have been told that we have blood on our hands because of it," said Rev. Dr. Nori Rost.

Rost said it's a tragedy but not an immigration issue.

Ramirez Valiente was charged with careless driving with a revoked license and is now in ICE custody.


Man cited in crash that killed father of five on Highway 83 is in ICE custody