American missionaries injured in Brussels terror attacks
BRUSSELS — Three Americans were among those injured in the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday.
The three Mormon missionaries from Utah were serving in the church’s mission in France. They were identified by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as Richard Norby, 66, Joseph Empey, 20, and Mason Wells, 19.
The were at the airport in Brussels saying goodbye to sister Fanny Rachel Clain, 20, of France, who was leaving for mission assignment in Ohio. She had already passed through airport security when the explosions happened.
Wells is undergoing surgery, family spokesman Lloyd Coleman said.
“The biggest concern is about his foot. It sounds like his ankle and heel are hurt the worst by some flying debris or shrapnel from the bomb,” said Coleman who added Wells may also have some burns to his face or hands. “He’s just a huge example, huge amount of faith, loves to do the work.”
The family of Joseph Empey has released a statement saying their son has also undergone surgery for shrapnel injuries to his legs.
“This has been a difficult day for our family, and our hearts are broken for those injured or killed by the attacks in Belgium,” the statement said. “We are grateful our son, Elder Joseph Dresden Empey, is alive and doing well. He has been treated for 2nd degree burns to his hands, face, and head, and surgery was just completed for shrapnel injuries to his legs. We have been in touch with him and he is grateful and in good spirits. We have also been in contact with his mission president. We are thankful for the outpouring of love and prayers from throughout the world, and we pray for all those affected by this tragedy.”
Sister Fanny Rachel Clain was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to the LDS church.