Mormon missionary from Utah dies in Taiwan

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon missionary from North Ogden has died after he was hit by a car in Taiwan while riding a bike.

Mormon church officials say in a news release that 18-year-old David Smith Hampton died Tuesday near Taichung, Taiwan.

He began his two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints four months ago.

Hampton’s death comes three weeks after four missionaries were injured in the Brussels airport bombing.

Church figures show he is the second missionary to die this year. Six died in 2015; and 10 in 2014.

The religion currently has about 75,000 missionaries serving around the world.

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