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UPDATE 10:12 PM MDT: The mission president for the Paris France Mission has shared a short online video expressing how the missionaries are doing and their thoughts to Belgium. Watch it here.
UPDATE 12:32 PM MDT: The Empey family has released a short statement on Facebook.
UPDATE: 12:00 PM MDT: The Church has learned that the fourth missionary, Sister Fanny Rachel Clain, has also been hospitalized with minor injuries. As reported previously, she was with the three other missionaries who were injured, but had left them and passed through airport security when the explosion occurred. The Church will provide more information as we are able.
UPDATE 9:41 AM MDT: CBS News has released these photos of the three missionaries injured.
Three Mormon missionaries serving in the Paris, France mission were seriously injured in Tuesday’s explosion at the Brussels airport, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported this morning.
The three had been accompanying a fourth missionary who was on her way to a mission assignment in Ohio, and who had already passed through airport security.
While detailed, accurate information is difficult to obtain because of limited communications in Brussels, mission President Frederic J. Babin has reported that three of the missionaries were in the proximity of the explosion when it occurred and have been hospitalized.
The injured missionaries, whose families have been notified, are:
- Elder Richard Norby (66) of Lehi, Utah
- Elder Joseph Empey (20) of Santa Clara, Utah
- Elder Mason Wells (19) of Sandy, Utah
The missionaries were taking Sister Fanny Rachel Clain (20) of Montélimar, France, to the airport. Sister Clain had been serving in that mission while awaiting a permanent visa for the United States.
The First Presidency of the Church promptly issued a statement this morning in response to the bombings:
With much of the world, we awoke this morning to the heartbreaking news of the bombings in Belgium. Our prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured, including three of our missionaries who were injured and hospitalized. We also pray for the people of Belgium and France as they continue to deal with the uncertainty and devastation caused by the recent terrorist attacks.
According to recent reports, 34 people have died so far. Check back on updates as they come.
The Telegraph released this video taken from within the airport after the attack. Warning: Potentially Disturbing Footage for Some.
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