Apparently, two LDS missionaries were shot and one of them killed in Virginia:

A Mormon missionary going door to door was fatally shot Monday night and a fellow missionary was wounded by an assailant who fled, police said.

The attacks happened just after 6 p.m. in the Deep Creek area of the city, police said, when a man approached the two, shot them and ran away.

One of the victims ran to a nearby nursing home seeking help, police said.

A number of possible explanations. The killer may have just really had it in for Mormons. He may have saw two well-dressed young men and figured that they had money on them (though the details don’t seem to match that hypothesis). Maybe he was just crazy.

I hadn’t really thought about it before, but in many ways the missionaries really are putting themselves at risk. Maybe not great-risk, but a lot of gun-happy states like Texas and Colorado give the benefit of the doubt to gun-totin’ property-owners even when there is no apparent threat of physical harm. Not to mention some of the neighborhoods they have to go through (Willard did his mission in South-Central LA).

The one that survived is apparently doing okay, which is good to hear.


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3 Responses to Sad Story: LDS Missionaries Shot

  1. Becky says:

    That sucks, but I do think they should revisit their tactics. I’m extremely skeptical to ever open my door if I’m not expecting company. A “smart” criminal would be one that would just dress up like a Mormon just so that someone would open the door.

  2. trumwill says:

    Becky, being a rather big guy, I never would have thought of that, but you’re right. An enterprising couple of robbers or rapists would be very well positioned in some missionary attire. The missionaries wear pretty distinctive namebadges, but I could only identify them because of my time out here.

  3. abel says:

    I had a gun pulled on me on my mission (Bulgaria). It was they guys way of asking us to leave the building. It worked.

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