Latter-day Saint missionary dies in bike accident in Mexico

The marks the first death reported this year of a full-time proselytizer for the Utah-based church.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Francisco Rene Lamadrid, a Latter-day Saint missionary, died from injuries in a bike accident.

A 22-year-old missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Friday from injuries after losing control of his bicycle while going down a steep and slippery hill in Mexico City.

Francisco Rene Lamadrid, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, had been serving in the faith’s Mexico City East Mission since March 2021, church spokesperson Sam Penrod said in a Saturday news release, and belonged to the Mérida Mexico Itzimna Stake, a regional cluster of congregations.

“We send our love and condolences to Elder Lamadrid’s family and friends as well as the missionaries he has served alongside for the past 15 months,” Penrod said. “We pray they will each be sustained with the love of the Savior at this difficult time.”

The young proselytizer’s death was the first one reported by the Utah-based faith this year. In 2021, 11 Latter-day Saints died during their volunteer missionary stints.

The church has noted that more than 54,500 members were on full-time proselytizing missions at the end of last year.