Bishop of Orlando Reverend John Noonan released the following statement:
“We mourn with the St. Joseph Catholic community in Palm Bay over the tragic loss of these four lives as we preay for the repose of their sould and extend our prayers to their families.
I share with you that Father Robert “Bob” Hoeffner and his sister Sally, both were tragically murdered yesterday.
Throughout his priesthood, Father Hoeffner served the people of God with compassion and humility,” Noonan said in a statement. “We will miss his grace-filled presence. We know he and his sister are received by the Lord with mercy and love.”