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When the Aleuts refused, the priest had a toe severed from each of Peter's feet. Peter still refused to renounce his faith and the Spanish priest ordered a group of California Indians to cut off each finger of Peter's hands, one joint at a time, finally removing both his hands. They eventually disemboweled him, crowning his life with [[martyr]]dom. They were about to torture the next Aleut when orders were received to release them.
Upon receiving the report of Peter's death, [[Herman of Alaska|St. Herman]] back on Kodiak Island was moved to cry out, "Holy new-martyr Peter, pray to God for us!" Peter the Aleut was formally declared a [[Saint]] as the "Martyr of San Francisco" in
[[1980 ]]. His feast day is commemorated in the Orthodox faith on [[September 24]].