Even in death, he inspired.
Monsignor Thomas Wells will not be in the crowd Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception when his nephew, Deacon David Wells, is ordained as a Catholic priest.
A decade ago, Thomas Wells was stabbed to death in the rectory of Mother Seton Catholic Church in Germantown, a crime for which Robert Paul Lucas is serving a 42-year sentence. Lucas, 35, formerly of Clarksburg, said he stabbed Wells because the priest made sexual advances toward him.
David Wells, 27, of Bowie, said his uncle was proud of his Catholic faith, as is the rest of the Wells family.
"The first time I thought about the priesthood was around the time my uncle died," he said Thursday in a phone interview. "In his death as much as his life, he influenced me."
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