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Latter-day Saint Missionaries From Utah, Colorado Killed In Texas Car Crash

May 19, 2021, 8:57 AM

Elder Luke Carter (left) and Elder Eli Fowler (right), missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ ...

Elder Luke Carter (left) and Elder Eli Fowler (right), missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died in a car crash, in Denton, Texas, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Both Elders served in the Texas Fort Worth Mission. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

DENTON, Texas – Two missionaries serving in the Texas Forth Worth Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have died following a head-on crash in a Dallas/Fort Worth suburb.

Church officials said the crash occurred during a heavy rainstorm in Denton, Texas, which is about 41 miles north of Dallas.

The victims were identified as Elder Luke Masakazu Carter, 18, of Springville, Utah, and Elder Eli Jon Fowler, 20, of Pueblo West, Colorado.

Elder Carter began his missionary service in November while Elder Fowler started in January 2020.

“We express our love and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Elder Carter and Elder Fowler and to the missionaries in the Texas Fort Worth Mission,” Church spokesman Sam Penrod said. “We pray that all will be uplifted by the Savior’s love and feel comfort during this difficult and trying time.”

The crash was under investigation. Church officials said both missionaries were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and the driver of the other vehicle was taken to an area hospital.

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Latter-day Saint Missionaries From Utah, Colorado Killed In Texas Car Crash