2 more LDS missionaries die in accidents, brings total to 12 this year

 

 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A pair of Mormon missionaries died this week - bringing the total number of deaths of proselyting members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to 12 this year. 

This week's deaths came on consecutive days. One occurred in in Mexico and the other in California.

On Wednesday, 20-year-old Daniel Kunz of Victor, Idaho, was electrocuted while on mission on the gulf coast of Mexico in the city of Tampico.

On Thursday, 18-year-old Andrew Edward Page of Charlotte, N.C., died when he was struck by a car while on his bike in California.

Church officials say there are usually only a few deaths of missionaries each year, with the exception of 2003, where there were nine deaths, and 2008, when there were eight.

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