By Kent Larsen
NEWSFLASH: Missionary, His Father Shot in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- A wrong turn by the father of an LDS missionary
serving in Brazil put both father and son in intensive care in a Rio de
Janeiro hosptial after they were attacked in a slum. Bradley Green, 21, and
his father Garth Green, 51, are "out of danger," according to Dr. Luis
Fernand Correia of Rio's Samaritan Hosptial. But Correia says both ran the
risk of loosing their lives.
According to an LDS Church spokesman, Elder Green was traveling back to Rio
de Janeiro with his parents after seeing friends on the outskirts of the
city. His father, Garth Green, took a wrong turn that put the family on the
edge of Vila do Joao, a poor neighborhood in Rio. There a group of armed men
tried to stop the car, apparently in a robbery attempt. The assailants fired
several times at the car, wounding Garth Green in the chest and arms and
Bradley Green in the stomach and one arm. In spite of the wounds, Garth
Green managed to drive to where they could be helped to a hospital.
A Church spokesman told Reuters that missionaries are told to steer clear of
neighborhoods like Vila do Joao, "We advise our missionaries to stay away
from the slums and other dangerous places, but it was a tragic incident."
Utah LDS missionary, father shot in Brazil
Deseret News (Reuters) 12Mar01 N2
Both in intensive care after attack in Rio slum