Catholic Diocese Releases Statement on Death of Teacher at Cathedral Catholic High School

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 1, 2021) – The Diocese of San Diego released the following statement today on learning of the death of Cathedral Catholic High School teacher Mario Fierro. Please attribute it to Kevin Eckery, spokesperson for the diocese:

“This morning, the San Diego Police Department informed us that one of our teachers, Mario Fierro, was found dead in a suspected homicide. Everyone in our school community mourns his loss. Mario was young, vibrant and full of life. All of us loved him.

“Mario graduated from CCHS/University High School in 2002 and returned to teach social science there starting in 2016. He was a gifted teacher and a great human being. He also served as the Athletic Director at Notre Dame Academy.

“Obviously, this is a shock. Out of respect to Mario’s memory, all classes, in person and on-line, are canceled until Thursday. Parents who dropped off their students earlier today were asked to pick them up as soon as possible.

“Grief counseling will be available for students, faculty and staff.

“Because a suspect in Mario’s killing is still at large, additional security will be posted on campus and SDPD is stepping up patrols in the area.

“Please remember Mario and his family in your prayers.”