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The Rev. Kenneth Walker, left, and the Rev. Joseph Terra, right flank Bishop Thomas Olmsted. Walker was shot and killed Wednesday night and Terra was badly injured. (Source: Catholic Diocese of Phoenix) The Rev. Kenneth Walker, left, and the Rev. Joseph Terra, right flank Bishop Thomas Olmsted. Walker was shot and killed Wednesday night and Terra was badly injured. (Source: Catholic Diocese of Phoenix)
Three women pray the Rosary at Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church in Phoenix after a priest was found dead and another badly injured. (Source: CBS 5 News) Three women pray the Rosary at Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church in Phoenix after a priest was found dead and another badly injured. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

A Phoenix priest is expected to make a full recovery after he was badly beaten in an attack that killed another clergyman at a Roman Catholic church in downtown Phoenix.

Rev. Joseph Terra was released from the hospital on Monday and talked exclusively to CBS 5 News just moments after attending a service for fallen priest Rev. Kenneth Walker.

Terra is still recovering from his injuries but he took every opportunity he could to laugh. He said he's thankful for the community's support.

"I've been praying for all those who've been praying for me," Terra said.

Members of the public were welcomed at the Solemn High Requiem Mass for Walker at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Catherine of Siena Parish at 6401 S. Central Ave. in Phoenix.

Phoenix police confirmed Monday morning that Gary Moran, a homeless man with an extensive criminal record, was arrested about 9 p.m. Sunday, almost exactly four days to the hour after the crime. Moran was jailed on suspicion of shooting Walker multiple times.

On Sunday night, prayers and a public viewing was held for Walker, 28, at Holy Cross Mortuary located at 9925 W. Thomas Rd. in Avondale. More than 100 parishioners at Mother of Mercy Mission gathered to mourn.

At the St. Catherine of Siena church, Catholics attended the first Saturday Mass since the attack on two of their priests. Armando Ruiz told CBS 5 News he's relying on his faith and praying for the victims of this crime.

"Faith is everything; it gives you purpose," Ruiz said.

Ruiz said the priest delivered a powerful message about this crime at Saturday's Mass, a message that hit close to home for members of the Catholic diocese.

"We're hurting for (our priests) because we know that this was close to them," Ruiz said.

He said they're praying for Father Walker, for Father Terra, for the person responsible for this crime and for justice.

The church also announced a fund to help pay for Walker's funeral expenses. So far, the online fund has received more than $34,000 in donations.

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