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FIRST PRESIDENCY STATEMENT

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement:

"We are grieved to learn of the assassination of two of our missionaries last evening in La Paz, Boliva. Information received indicates that Elder Jeffrey Brent Ball of Coalville, Utah, and Elder Todd Ray Wilson of Wellington, Utah, were gunned down in front of their living quarters as they were about to enter the front door."We regret that anyone would think that these representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have been sent to preach the gospel of peace would be characterized as enemies of any group.

"They died as martyrs in the cause of the Lord. Please extend our love and sympathies to their families and pray they may be comforted and sustained in this hour of tragedy."