Missionary slain in Jamaica had KNCSB ties

An Iowa Southern Baptist was among two American missionaries killed in Jamaica April 30 in what appeared to be a violent attack, Baptist Press said.

Randy Hentzel, 48, a member of First Family Church in Ankeny, Iowa, was serving with the Pennsylvania-based Teams for Medical Missions when he was slain in a remote, rural area of Jamaica along with fellow missionary Harold Nichols, 53, Baptist Press continued.

His daughter, Amy Larson, served on the staff of Christian Challenge at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Brett and Mary Yohn.

The two men went for a motorcycle ride at approximately 8 a.m., and Hentzel’s body was found hours later beside a motorcycle in some bushes, according to a news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Nichols’ body was found the next day in a separate area.

St. Mary parish, where the deaths occurred, is a region known for violence, according to media reports.