Second Mormon missionary death reported this week
The LDS Church on Friday confirmed its second missionary death of the week and the 12th of this year.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that 18-year-old Andrew Edward Page, of Charlotte, N.C., died of injuries after being hit by a car while he was riding his bicycle in Azusa, Calif., on Thursday.
Police were still investigating the crash and had not released much detail about it. In a news release, the department says that Page had sustained major injuries, including head trauma, and was taken in a helicopter to a local trauma center.
"Elder Andrew Edward Page [had been] serving in the California Arcadia Mission since August," spokeswoman Ruth Todd said. "Every church member is deeply saddened and grieves at the death of a missionary. We unite our prayers and love in behalf of Elder Page's family, friends and missionary companions."
On Wednesday, Elder Colt Daniel Kunz, 20, of Victor, Idaho, came into contact with a live electrical wire on a building roof and was electrocuted. That death occurred in the Mexico Tampico Mission area, where Kunz had been serving for less than a month.