Missionary Dies in Venezuela

  • 24 June 2016

Elder Argenis Jesus Gonzalez Villarroel, a missionary serving in the Venezuela Barcelona Mission, died after his taxi was involved in a traffic accident.

“We are very sad to share the news of the death of one of our missionaries, Elder Argenis Jesus Gonzalez Villarroel, age 24, who died in an auto accident this afternoon,” said Eric Hawkins, spokesperson for the Church, on June 22.

The 24-year-old from the Caracas Venezuela Palo Verde Stake had been serving as a missionary since May 2015 and was the only missionary involved in the crash.

“Elder Gonzalez was being transferred from one area to another via a taxi service when the vehicle he was riding in was involved in a serious accident that killed three passengers,” Brother Hawkins said. “No other missionaries were involved. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are with his family and those who knew and loved him. We also pray for the families and loved ones of the other victims in the accident.”