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Missionary Killed In Dominican Republic Car Crash

Mar 28, 2020, 7:57 PM
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Office Building is pictured in Salt Lake City on July 18, 2008. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)
(Tom Smart, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A missionary from Mexico serving in the Dominican Republic Santiago Mission was killed in a car crash, according to officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Officials said 20-year-old Elder Israel Emmanuel Ramirez Diaz died in Saturday afternoon’s crash, while Elder Brigham Noriz, from Mexico, and Elder Jonata Oliveira, from Brazil, were injured and were receiving medical treatment.

“We express our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Elder Ramírez who have witnessed his valuable contribution among those whose lives he touched,” said Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff. “May the Lord give them comfort and strength at this difficult time. We pray sincerely for Elder Oliveira and Elder Tovar as they recover, and the Church is working to ensure they receive the best care available.”

Woodruff said Diaz had been serving since April 2018.

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