A Missouri lawmaker says his daughter and her husband were killed in Haiti while working as missionaries.

Missouri House member Ben Baker’s daughter and son-in-law were killed while serving as missionaries in Haiti, the politician said on social media.

Baker’s daughter, Natalie Lloyd, and her husband Davy Lloyd were full-time missionaries in the country, the Republican state representative said.

Baker said the two were “gang attacked” Thursday night. The shooting took place in the Lizon area of ​​Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

Baker wrote that his heart was “broken into a thousand pieces.”

“I’ve never felt this kind of pain,” Baker said, asking for prayers for both families and adding that he “had no other words right now.”

My heart is broken into a thousand pieces. I have never felt this kind of pain. Most of you know my daughter and son-in-law…

Posted by Ben Baker on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Missions in Haiti, Inc., an Oklahoma-based nonprofit that has been working in Haiti since 2000, said on social media that the Lloyds, as well as a third missionary identified as Jude Montis, were “shot to death “. “while he was hiding in a house around 9 pm local time on Thursday.

David Lloyd, Davy’s father and founder of the missionary group, told CBS affiliate KOTV in Tulsa on Friday that his son was ambushed by “three guys who were waiting.” Lloyd said the gang “drugged him in the house, beat him, tied him up and started ransacking the house.”

Those gang members finally left. And Montis, a former Haitian employee of the missionary group, came to the house to help. But then a second gang showed up and gunfire erupted, David Lloyd said.

“Davy, Natalie and Jude barricaded themselves in our house, but then the gangs started shooting around the place, eventually they broke down the door, broke in, shot them and killed them,” Lloyd said.

The Haitian National Police Union confirmed that Jude was Haitian and the director of an orphanage.

“We are all devastated,” Misiones said in Haiti. The organization did not immediately respond to a request for more information from CBS News.

Natalie and Davy Lloyd pose for a selfie in this undated image obtained from social media on May 24, 2024.

Natalie Lloyd via Facebook/via REUTERS

“We express our deepest condolences to the families of the two U.S. citizens murdered by gangs in Haiti,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement provided to CBS News, revealing that the U.S. ambassador to Haiti ” is in contact” with the victims. ‘families.

“Unfortunately, this serves as a reminder that the security situation in Haiti cannot wait: too many innocent lives are being lost,” Miller added. “During Visit of Kenyan President Ruto Yesterday, President Biden reiterated the United States’ commitment to support the accelerated deployment of the Kenya-led Multinational Security Support Mission (MSS) to bolster the capabilities of the Haitian National Police to protect civilians, restore the state of law and pave the way towards democracy. governance.”

Haiti has been affected by gang violence since late February, when Heavily armed gangs launched a unified attack on government institutions and infrastructure. The United States government organized evacuation flights for American citizens. More than 2,500 people have been killed, injured or kidnapped in the country since the violence began, and deadly violence in the country is at a “record level,” according to the United Nations.

Last month, Ariel Henry give up as prime minister and swore in a new transitional council.