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Catholic parish mourns loss of priest

LAWTON, Okla._A Lawton Catholic parish is mourning the loss of their beloved priest.

According to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church's Facebook page, Father Shane Tharp passed away over the weekend. A website linked to the Facebook page says Father Tharp suffered a massive heart attack Friday while on a retreat with other priests in Wichita, Kansas.

Before coming to Lawton, Father Tharp was a priest at Holy Name of Jesus in Chickasha. Tharp was 42 years old.

A vigil will be held for Father Tharp on Thursday, October 22, at 6:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lawton. His funeral and burial will take place Friday in Oklahoma City.

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