2 Missionaries found dead in Romania - Families pay homage

by | Feb. 02, 2010

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McKay Burrows spent four Saturdays constructing a 10-foot-tall retaining wall for a church campsite in the American Fork Canyon area.

Friends told him he had done enough, but the same drive that led the 20-year-old Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary to become a concert-level pianist and win a scholarship to BYU made him strive to finish the project.

"He did everything. He organized the labor, he dug out the foundations, set the foundation blocks," said Patrick Hendrickson, a friend of the Burrows family and former bishop in the Burrows' Highland ward before they moved. "It just exemplifies the kind of person he was."

Yet it was the last big project Burrows would complete. Burrows and his missionary companion died Saturday night from accidental natural gas asphyxiation due to a gas leak in their apartment in Romania.

Elder Burrows of Highland and Elder Jace Edwards Davis, 20, of Logandale, Nev., were serving in the church's Romania Bucharest Mission.

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