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By Kent Larsen

NEWSFLASH: Missionary Dies in Jamaica

BURLEY, IDAHO -- An LDS missionary from Burley, Idaho died suddenly Sunday while serving a full-time mission in Jamaica for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the South Idaho Press reports today. Elder Nicholas Martin Silcock, 19, died suddenly Sunday night as he returned to his apartment from eating out with other missionaries.

Elder Silcock had been in Jamaica for just two months and seemed to be in fine health when he fell ill and died within minutes. Officials in Jamaica will be performing an autopsy on him, but his mother was told that medical officials there don't move very fast, "[The mission president] told us that medical officials over there just don't move real fast," Leah Silcock said. "It may be tomorrow, but could be as late as Monday before the autopsy is completed, and then they will release his body to be returned home."

While Elder Silcock was considred to be in good health, his mother says that an old condition may have contributed to his death, "Nick was born with a heart condition, which caused his heart to race," she said. "But he was put on medication for just a few years and it has never been a problem. He hadn't had any problems for years and passed his mission physical just fine. However, from what we have been told, it sounds like it could have contributed to Nick's death."

His mission president told the Silcock's that Elder Silcock was enthusiastic and involved in the missonary work. Elder Silcock was a 2000 graduate of Burley High School, an Eagle scout and an avid gymnast. A memorial service was held at the mission home in Jamaica.


Burley missionary dies in Kingston
Burley ID South Idaho Press 13Jun01 N2
By Renee Wells: South Idaho Press


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