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Tour Bus Attacked in Guatemala, Ogden Man Killed

Tour Bus Attacked in Guatemala, Ogden Man Killed

Posted - Jan. 7, 2004 at 9:35 p.m.



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Samantha Hayes Reporting A tour bus carrying LDS Church members to Book of Mormon sites in Guatemala was attacked by gunmen today.

One man, 52-year old Brett Richards of Ogden was killed in the attack. Richards was shot in the chest and died almost immediately. The bus driver was hit in the ankle. No one else was hit.

The gunmen stopped the bus carrying the 13 Utahns near the southwestern Guatemala town of Colomba, 125 miles south of Guatemala City. Police say five attackers forced the bus off the road then boarded it with guns blazing.

Among the Utahns on the bus along with Brett Richards were his wife, Becky, Reed Richards, Brett's brother, and his wife, Martha.

Reed was the chief deputy to Jan Graham when she was Utah's Attorney General. Their parents, Maurice Richards and his wife, Patricia, both in their eighties, were also there as well as a cousin, Ed Allen and his wife, Patty.

The group was on an eight day Book of Mormon Tour through Guatemala led by Blake Allen. They were traveling from the mountain city of Quetzaltenango toward the Mexican border when they were ambushed.

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