LDS Missionary Killed in Car Accident in Venezuela

Elder Argenis Villarroel, a missionary serving in Venezuela died Wednesday as the result of a traffic accident while riding in a taxi Wednesday afternoon.

“We are very sad to share the news of the death of one of our missionaries, Elder Argenis Jesus Gonzalez Villarroel, age 24, who died in an auto accident this afternoon,” said Eric Hawkins, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Gonzalez was a member of the church’s Caracas Venezuela Palo Verde Stake and had been serving since May 2015 as a missionary in the Venezuela Barcelona Mission.

“Elder Gonzalez was being transferred from one area to another via a taxi service when the vehicle he was riding in was involved in a serious accident that killed three passengers,” Hawkins said. “No other missionaries were involved. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are with his family and those who knew and loved him. We also pray for the families and loved ones of the other victims in the accident.”

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