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27 Year Old Missionary Killed in Tragic Car Accident Leaves Behind a Legacy of Unwavering Faith

  • Kayla Koslosky

    Kayla Koslosky has been the Editor of since 2018. She has B.A. degrees in English and History and previously wrote for and was the managing editor of the Yellow Jacket …

  • Updated Nov 27, 2018

A young missionary killed in a tragic car accident Sunday morning left behind a powerful message of faith.

On Sunday, Kelly Anne Broderick, 27, was killed in a car accident when a driver going the wrong way hit into the car she was a passenger in. 

According to CBN News, The World Race missionary was on her way to an airport and was near Denver’s Santa Fe Drive and Dartmouth Avenue when the accident occurred. 

In 2016 the young missionary completed the 11-month mission trip to 11 different countries called The World Race. While completing the race Broderick kept a blog where she detailed all of the lessons God taught her including lessons on dreams, the unexpected, identity and death.  

In a post written in June 2016, Broderick wrote an open letter to her Uncle Jack. While she was abroad, Broderick learned that her uncle had passed away. Not being able to be at the funeral to say goodbye or to be there for her family cause Broderick to experience what she called “extra spicy hot sauce level tears.” 

In the face of death, however, Broderick emphasized that the only thing to help her get through the grief was prayer. She wrote, “I'll pray because our earthly bodies are fragile and can betray us when we least expect it. I'll pray because I am thankful I have such a loving and devoted family to call mine, and right now they are hurting. I'll pray because God knows the reason why when none of this makes sense. l pray because it is literally all I can do."

Now amid her own death, many are speaking out about how God truly shined through her. 

According to CBN News, one alumni of The World Race wrote of the organization’s alumni Facebook page, "She was one of the most incredible people I've ever met. Was exceedingly intentional with everyone in her life and loved well beyond measure.”

Another wrote, "She was one of the most fantastic humans. There aren't words." 

According to reports the friend that was in the car with Broderick was reportedly injured but has been released from the hospital at this time. 

Denver police say the driver of the car that collided with Broderick’s was arrested for suspicion of DUI and vehicular homicide.

Photo courtesy: Capturing the Human Heart/Unsplash