Mormon missionary killed by stray bullet in Colombia
By Brady McCombs, The Associated Press
Tue, 09/03/2013 - 6:22am
SALT LAKE CITY — A Mormon missionary from the Dominican Republic was killed while serving in Colombia — in what is at least the fifth death this year of a proselyting member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jose Daniel Encarnacion Montero, 20, was struck by a stray bullet Saturday in Cali, Colombia. He had been on mission for one year.
Officials with the LDS Church said Encarnacion was with three other missionaries when he was killed, but they weren’t harmed. Colombian police are investigating the incident.
The Mormon church was not able to immediately provide the number of missionaries who have died this year, or in past years. News reports suggest there have been at least five missionaries who have died in 2013.
Encarnacion’s death comes less than a week after missionary Jason Wiberg was fatally hit by a car while on bicycle in Kuching, Malaysia, on Aug. 25. Wiberg, 19, of Roy, Utah, had been on mission since October 2012.
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