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4 from GR killed during mission trip

WZZM-TV • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:03 PM

A group from Holy Spirit Catholic Church, on Lake Michigan Drive in Grand Rapids, arrived in Haiti on Thursday for a medical mission trip. The group was involved in a car crash on Friday.

Four people in the group were killed in the crash. Church leaders identified the four victims as Matt Kutsche, Mary LaPonsie, and Jim and Rita Cwengros.

A source in Haiti told WZZM-TV that the crash happened near the welcome entrance to the city of Jacmel, about a two-hour drive from Port-Au-Prince.

The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids released this statement: "We're continuing to gather information about this horrible tragedy as our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims."

"At this point, we know they're in God's hand," said the Rev. Father John Vallier, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish. "All of us have time here on earth, and some of us it's only a day and some you're 112. We'd hope it would be longer for these."

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