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Terra's first public words after attack: 'Thank you all'


A Catholic priest who was brutally beaten on Wednesday afternoon was released from the hospital on Monday, the same day police announced an arrest in the attack.

Father Joseph Terra first spoke with CBS 5 News following a Solemn Requiem Mass for Terra's colleague, Father Kenneth Walker, who was killed during the attack.

Terra was seen in a wheelchair. His hands were wrapped with bandages.

CBS 5 reporter Shawn Kline was the first to ask Terra how he was feeling following his release from the hospital. Terra responded with a laugh and a smile.

"Well, how do I look?" Terra joked.

Since the attack, the Catholic leader at the Mother of Mercy Mission in downtown Phoenix has spent his days and nights recovering in a hospital bed. He told CBS 5 he was thankful for the community's continued prayers and support.

"If it weren't for [the community support] I would not be alive," Terra said.

As Terra was getting loaded into a medical transport van, he asked to share a prayer. Terra said he's praying for all those who prayed for Walker and himself, asking for continued prayers and support for the clergy and Walker's family.

Later in afternoon, Terra returned home to the rectory, where the attack took place.  There he was visibly tired from the morning's events but did manage to tell CBS 5's Donna Rossi his thoughts about Father walker. 

"Father walker was a good, simple, devoted priest and he was a good friend. We had a happy house," said Terra.

Terra also said he was praying for the alleged assailant, Gary Moran.  He also expressed relief that an arrest had been made in the case adding, "I'm glad they got him, which means I don't have to leave town."

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Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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