Inocente Orlando Montano Morales was born on 4 July 1943 in San Vincente, El Salvador. In 1989 Orlando Montano held the rank of Colonel in the Salvadoran army and served as Vice Minister of Defense and Public Safety.
From 1980 to 1992, El Salvador was torn apart by non-international armed conflict between the rebel Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) and the Government, led by the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA).
In this context, on 16 November 1989, six Jesuit priests, a cook and her 16 years old daughter were killed at the Pastoral centre of José Simeón Cañas Central American University in San Salvador (UCA). The victims were identified as Fathers Ignacio Ellacuría, Rector of the University; Ignacio Martín-Baró, Vice-Rector; Segundo Montes, Director of the Human Rights Institute; Armando López, Joaquín López y López and Juan Ramón Moreno, all teachers at the UCA; and Elba Ramos and her daughter, Celina Ramos.
These murders were investigated by the Truth Commission, established in 1992 following the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords. According to the findings by the Truth Commission, Colonel René Emilio Ponce ordered Colonel Guillermo Alfredo Benavides to kill Father Ignacio Ellacuría and to eliminate potential witnesses.
On 16 November 1989, a group of soldier from the Atlacatl Battalion entered the Pastoral Centre of the UCA. These soldiers attempted to force their way into the building, until the priests opened the doors to them, allowing them to enter. The priests were then forced to lie face down in the garden, while the soldiers were searching the residence.
Lieutenant Guerra allegedly gave the order to kill the priests. A soldier called Grimaldi allegedly shot dead Fathers Ellacuria, Martín-Baró and Montes, while Deputy Sergeant Antonio Avalos Vargas allegedly killed Fathers López and Moreno.
Subsequently, Father Joaquín López y López was reportedly killed by Pérez Vasquez, while Deputy Sergeant Tomás Zarpate Castillo shot dead both Julia Elba Ramos and her daughter Celina Mariceth Ramos. Subsequently, a soldier named José Alberto Sierra Ascencio returned and shot them both again to make sure they were dead.
Finally, according to the Truth Commission, the soldiers fired soldiers fired machine guns, grenades and rockets at the front of the residence and left a sign saying: The FMLN executed those who spied on them. Victory or death, FMLN.