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Latter-day Saint missionary drowns in El Salvador

Body of young man, 21, recovered on Friday

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Elder Fernando Antonio Ramos Garcia, 21, died by drowning while serving in the El Salvador San Salvador West/Belize Mission on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. His body was recovered Friday.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Wednesday by drowning while serving in his home country of El Salvador, a church spokesman said Friday.

“Elder Fernando Antonio Ramos Garcia, age 21 from Juayua, El Salvador, died on Wednesday after drowning in a river in the municipality of Nahulingo, Sonsonate,” Sam Penrod said. “His body was recovered this morning. Elder Ramos had been serving since March of 2020. Our sincerest condolences and prayers are with Elder Ramos’s family and loved ones as they remember his life and mourn his passing. We pray they will feel the love of our Heavenly Father at this tragic time.”

Ramos Garcia was serving in the El Salvador San Salvador West/Belize Mission.