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Samoan missionary dies from malaria

A full-time missionary from Samoa serving in Sierra Leone, west Africa passed away last Friday due to complications from malaria.

The deceased has been identified as Eder Antonio Schwenke.

The announcement was made by a spokesman of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Daniel Woodruff, on the Church’s official website.

Elder Schwenke, 19, of Vailima, Samoa had been serving in the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission since May 2019.

“We are deeply saddened by this news and pray sincerely for his family and loved ones as they mourn his passing and remember his life,” said Mr. Woodruff. 

Elder Schwenke was the second missionary of the Church's to pass away last week. 

Sister Katherine Pindar from Mesa, Arizona, also age 19, died overnight Thursday in her sleep while suffering from a brief illness.

Attempts to secure contact from local branches of the Church have so far been unsuccessful. 

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