CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1999 |
They were celebrated as martyrs, devout women who died while trying to start a branch of their evangelical church in Northern California. Late Thursday night, they were driving on U.S. 101 through the dry hills around Atascadero when their van veered off an embankment. As the van rolled and then lurched to a stop, seven members of the Philippines-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church in Eagle Rock were killed. Seven others survived and four remain hospitalized; two are in critical condition.