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Two Latter-day Saint Missionaries killed in Texas

Elder Luke Carter (left) and Elder Eli Fowler (right), missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died in a car crash, in Denton, Texas on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Both Elders served in the Texas Fort Worth Mission. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

DENTON, Texas– Two missionaries serving for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were killed in a traffic accident in Texas yesterday. 

Elder Luke Masakazu Carter, 18, of Springville Utah, and Elder Eli Jon Fowler, 20, of Pueblo West, Colorado were involved in a head-on collision while driving in Denton, Texas.

The church said the accident happened during a heavy rainstorm and that it is currently being investigated by local law enforcement. Both missionaries were wearing their seatbelts. The driver of the other vehicle involved is currently in the hospital.

Church spokesman Sam Penrod said, “We express our love and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Elder Carter and Elder Fowler and to the missionaries in the Texas Fort Worth Mission. We pray that all will be uplifted by the Savior’s love and feel comfort during this difficult and trying time.”

Elder Carter started missionary service in November 2020, and Elder Fowler began his service in January 2020.

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