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Mormon Leader and 5 More Saints Killed in Ecuador Earthquake, Dozen Churches Damaged

The number killed by Saturday's earthquake in Ecuador and its aftershocks grew Monday night to 413. Counted among them are a local LDS Church leader, his wife, and his youngest daughter.

A total of six members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have died and five more are injured, according to a news release posted Monday on Mormon Newsroom's Ecuador page.

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The release said a dozen LDS chapels sustained extensive damage in Saturday's major, 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which injured more than 2,000 people. Most of the 413 deaths were in and around the city of Portoviejo, NBC News reported.

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