Three missionaries have been murdered in Haiti, including the daughter and son-in-law of a southwest Missouri lawmaker.

Natalie Lloyd, 21, was the daughter of Rep. Ben Baker, R-Neosho. She, along with her husband, Davy, 23, were killed Thursday when a local gang attacked their church group. The third victim was Jude Montis, 20, a resident of Haiti according to a BBC report.

Rep. Baker broke the news in a Facebook post, saying his heart is “broken in a thousand pieces” and that “they went to heaven together.” He also asked for prayers for his family and his son-in-law’s family.

It’s not known yet who’s responsible for their deaths.

Natalie and Davy Lloyd worked for the ministry Missions in Haiti, which is based in Claremore, Oklahoma. Davy’s parents, David and Alicia Lloyd, founded the ministry in 2000. David Lloyd studied religion at Ozark Bible Institute in Neosho, Missouri.

A post on Missions in Haiti’s Facebook page describes what happened prior to the murders:

“This evening when Davy, Natalie and the kids were coming out of Youth at the church they were ambushed by a gang of 3 trucks full of guys. Davy was taken to the house tied up and beat. The gang then took our trucks and loaded everything up they wanted and left. Another gang came after to see what was going on and if they could help, so they say. No one understood what they were doing, not sure what took place but one was shot and killed and now this gang went into full attack mode. Davy, Natalie and Jude was in my house at the end of the property using the star link internet to call me. So they are holed up in there, the gangs has shot all the windows out of the house and continue to shoot. Their lives are in danger. I have been trying all my contacts to get a police armored car there to evacuate them out to safety but can’t get anyone to do.”

Several Missouri politicians have been sharing their sympathies on social media. Gov. Mike Parson expressed his condolences on his X account, calling it “absolutely heartbreaking news.”

Armed gangs have been carrying out attacks throughout Haiti since the resignation of former Prime Minister Ariel Henry earlier this year, and kidnappings have been commonplace in recent years. In 2021, 17 missionaries — 16 Americans and one Canadian — were kidnapped and held for ransom. Twelve were able to escape and the rest were eventually released.

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