3 American Mormon Missionaries ‘Seriously’ Injured in Brussels Terror Attacks

Three Mormon missionaries, Richard Norby, 66, Joseph Empey, 20, and Mason Wells, 19, were injured in the Brussels airport attacks Tuesday, according to church officials. (Photo: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Three Mormon missionaries, Richard Norby, 66, Joseph Empey, 20, and Mason Wells, 19, were injured in the Brussels airport attacks Tuesday, according to church officials. (Photo: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Three Mormon missionaries from Utah were among those injured during terror attacks Tuesday in the main airport in Brussels, according to church officials.

The bombings, two at the airport and one in the city’s subway, killed at least 30 people and injured scores.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the three — Richard Norby, 66, of Lehi, Joseph Empey, 20, of Santa Clara, and Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy — were serving in the church’s Paris mission. They were all “seriously injured” while dropping off another missionary at airport security, the church said in a statement.

“The missionaries were taking Sister Fanny Rachel Clain, 20, of Montélimar, France, to the airport,” the statement added. “Sister Clain had been serving in that mission while awaiting a permanent visa for the United States.”

Clain had already passed through airport security when the attack occurred, the church reported.

“Our prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured, including three of our missionaries who were injured and hospitalized,” the First Presidency, the highest governing body of the church, said in a statement. “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.”

SOURCE: Matthew Diebel
USA TODAY