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Sent on Mormon-News: 20Mar01

By Kent Larsen

Wounded Missionary and Father Expected to Return Home Friday

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -- The LDS missionary who was shot along with his father outside a Rio de Janeiro Slum March 10th is recovering nicely and expects to return to the US on Friday. Bradley Green hopes to be released from the hospital tomorrow, and doctors plan to release him provided they can clear up a fever. His father, Garth Green, was released from the hospital Monday and the family hopes to take a flight from Rio to the US on Thursday evening.

Bradley's parents, Garth and Wendy Green traveled to Brazil during the first week of March to pick up their son as he finished his mission. On that Saturday, March 10th, the family was returning from a visit outside of Rio when Garth, who was driving, made a wrong turn that put them on the Avenida do Brasil, outside of the Vila do Joao slum.

There, armed men tried to force them to stop, apparently intending to rob them, and shot at their car when they didn't stop. Residents of Vila do Joao helped them to the hospital, where both Bradley Green and his father, Garth, underwent surgery to treat their wounds. Wendy Green, who was traveling in the back seat of the car, was not injured. As a result of his wounds, which shattered the bones in the arm, doctors have put metal braces on his arm.

According to Rio de Janeiro North Mission President Alan Anderson, police have not made any arrests in the case, but believe that they have in custody an associated of the shooters. Public outcry in Brazil over the incident led police to crack down on the nearby slum, where they traded gunfire with the drug traffickers that control the area. In the process at least one man was killed and a three-year-old child was shot in the leg.


LDS elder, father recovering after attack
Deseret News 20Mar01 N2
By Lynn Arave: Deseret News staff writer
Family hopes to return to U.S. from Brazil by Friday


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