Mormon leader, his wife and daughter among 410 killed in Ecuador quake


 Tad Walch | Deseret News

The number killed by Saturday's earthquake in Ecuador and its aftershocks grew Monday night to 413. Counted among them are a local LDS Church leader, his wife and his youngest daughter.

A total of six members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have died and five more are injured, according to a news release posted Monday on Mormon Newsroom's Ecuador page.

The release said a dozen LDS chapels sustained extensive damage in Saturday's major, 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which injured more than 2,000 people. Most of the 413 deaths were in and around the city of Portoviejo, NBC News reported.

Five of the six Latter-day Saints killed were members of the church's Portoviejo Stake, Monday's news release said. The release did not provide any other details about the deaths.

The sixth Mormon killed was a member of the faith's Manta Stake, where the release said five church members were injured.

A church spokeswoman said Sunday that all of the church's hundreds of missionaries in Ecuador were safe and accounted for.

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