What we know about the Americans injured in the Brussels attacks

People leave tributes at the Place de la Bourse after the attacks in Brussels.

People leave tributes at the Place de la Bourse after the attacks in Brussels.

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Among those injured in Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels were several Americans, including a group of Mormon missionaries and a U.S. serviceman and his family.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the three explosions, which left dozens dead and scores more injured.

Here is what is known about the American victims:

Three Mormon missionaries


Three Utah men who were in Europe to serve the Paris mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were seriously injured in the attack at the Brussels Airport, church officials said.

The men, identified as Richard Norby, 66, of Lehi, Joseph Empey, 20, of Santa Clara and Mason Wells, 19, of Sandy, were at the airport to accompany another Mormon missionary on her way to Ohio.

A Mormon Church official in Brussels said all three men were hospitalized.

Empey suffered a leg injury as well as second-degree burns to his hands and head, his family said in a statement.

“Our hearts are broken for all those that lost their lives in the terror attack in Brussels today,” the Empey family said in a Facebook post. “We are grateful that Elder Empey and his companion Elder Wells are okay.”

U.S. serviceman and family

The U.S. Air Force said a lieutenant colonel stationed at Joint Force Command Brunssum, the Netherlands, was injured in the attack at the Brussels Airport. The officer’s family was also present and sustained various injuries, which weren’t specified by the Air Force out of privacy concerns.


This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Times staff writer W.J. Hennigan in Washington contributed to this report.

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