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Former Edmonton family killed while on missionary assignment in South Africa

Last Updated Nov 5, 2019 at 4:53 pm MST

A family, formerly from Edmonton (four out of five pictured here), was killed in a head-on crash in Africa on Nov. 3, 2019. The family had been on a missionary assignment for the past two years. (CREDIT: GoFundMe)

BULEMBU (CityNews) – A family, formerly from Edmonton, has been killed in a head-on crash in South Africa.

Brendan, Melissa, Evelyn, and Colton Perrott, and Sabelo, the couple’s Bulembu-raised adopted son, were all in the vehicle when it collided with another on Nov. 3.

Four people in another vehicle were also killed, according to a local news publication in South Africa.

The family – which left Edmonton in 2017 on a missionary assignment – was driving back to Bulembu from the Drakensburg Mountain Adventure Race where Sabelo was competing.

A statement from Global Affairs Canada confirms that they are providing consular assistance.

“Our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the Canadian citizens who died in a tragic accident in South Africa,” the statement reads.

“Consular officials are in contact with the family in Canada and are providing consular assistance. Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information.”

The crash happened on the R74 road between QwaQwa and Harrismith in South Africa at around 11 a.m. on Sunday.

A GoFundMe for Bulembu Ministries has been set up in the family’s memory, and so far has quadrupled its goal.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The story has been edited to clarify that five members of the Perrott family were killed in a car crash.