Catholic teenager: I will rather die than surrender to rapists!


•Vivian, 14, murdered by robbers for resisting being defiled, remembered 10 years after
•Church builds monument at site of death

By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu

10 years ago, tragedy struck the family of Vivian Ogu, 14, who was killed by armed robbers who attacked her and her elder sister, and took her to a nearby bush to be raped but she resisted and paid with her life.

Today, Vivian, from Umuelem, Eniogugu, Aboh in Imbiase local government area of Imo State, has become a hero to Catholics as she is likened to St Maria Gorreti, the young Italian virgin martyr of the Roman Catholic Church who is one of the youngest canonized saints said to have died from multiple stab wounds inflicted on her by her a rapist after she refused to submit to him.

By coincidence, Vivian was said to have on that November 15, 2009 morning, in a Bible study, talked about St Maria Gorreti and admonished her study mates to emulate Gorreti and never succumb to any form of immorality.

The 14-year-old was said…

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