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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A priest accused in several sexual abuse lawsuits has died, according to media reports.
Kansas City Star reported
Thomas J. O'Brien died earlier this week at 87.
O'Brien spent decades as a priest in the Kansas City area, including posts at St. Elizabeth's and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Independence.
He was a party in lawsuits that accused him of sexual abuse of boys, including one in which a victim's family received more than $2 million.
In a release sent to media on Tuesday, Barbara Dorris of the organization SNAP said she hoped alleged victims would feel a "measure of relief and closure."
"Missouri's most awful predator priest will never again hurt a child," she said in the statement.
41 Action News contacted the Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph, who did not choose to comment for this story.