Father Jenaro Sánchez Delgadillo was arrested by anti-Catholic, pro-Communist Mexican Federal Army soldiers, who put a rope around his neck.
"Well, countrymen, they are going to hang me, I forgive them and my Father God also forgives them, and always, Long live Christ the King!" he said, surrounded by soldiers.
Soldiers pulled the rope violently as they raised him on the impromptu gallows, but he remained alive until later that night, January 17, 1927. At dawn, the soldiers returned, dropped the dead priest to the ground, shot him in the shoulder, then bayonetted his dead body.