News Release

Latter-day Saint Youth Drowns in Swimming Accident

17-year-old Auckland youth, Peter (Paulo) Iakopo Lemalu, passed away on Saturday 19 March after a swimming accident.

Elder Kevin W. Pearson, Pacific Area president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of Paulo Iakapo’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Iakapo family during this time of mourning. We pray that the Lord’s blessings of comfort and peace will rest upon Paulo’s family and friends.”

Early media reports stated incorrectly that the young man was attending a church camp when he died. He was in fact swimming with a group of friends. 

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