After news reports of an intruder at the Brazil Missionary Training Center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were released, the following statement was issued by Nei Garcia, Brazil Area Director of Public Affairs:
Early Wednesday morning, an individual armed with a knife entered the missionary training center in São Paulo, Brazil. Security guards were able to detain the man near the reception desk until police arrived. At some point, when the intruder attempted to attack police, he was shot and killed by police. None of the missionaries or MTC staff were harmed during this incident. Families of the missionaries and staff are being informed.
We are working closely with local authorities and are grateful for their efforts to respond and investigate. We will also provide missionaries and staff with any needed support. We are grateful for the prayers and support that have been offered at this time both for the missionaries and the family of the individual who was killed.
According to one Facebook post, which described the man as disturbed, all of the missionaries were out of the building and on their way to the temple. More information will be provided if and when it becomes available.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.