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Congregation prays for member killed by car outside of church

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A freak accident in front of a Baton Rouge church claimed the life of one of its own members Sunday morning.

According to Louisiana State Police, Jordan Gautreau, 22, of Gonzales was run over by an SUV in the front entrance of the Healing Place Church parking lot.

The young man was in the process of putting up church signs when he was hit.

Church members described Sunday morning service at Healing Place as "powerful."

"Our focus was toward their family and towards him," said Dustin Smith, as he walked out of church.

Gautreau, a member of the church's staff, was described as a diligent and hard worker.

"It's tough to deal with, but I know that he was serving God's family and God's church," said Jimbo Gravois, a member of Healing Place Church. "He's going to wake up in heaven."

Some church members are still puzzled by the 22-year-old's death. They said Sunday's service was filled with prayer for Gautreau and his family.

Troopers said the wreck happened when a Toyota Highlander was side-swiped by a BMW turning left on Highland Road headed to Healing Place Church around 7 a.m.

They said the SUV veered off the road and hit Gautreau.

State Trooper Russell Graham said the driver of that BMV, Peter Moore, 22, was charged with failure to yield.

"It just really goes to show how important it is that we pay very close attention to what we're doing while we're driving," Graham said.

Dino Rizzo, the lead pastor of Healing Place Church, released a statement about the crash.

"We are greatly saddened today by the tragic accident that took the life of Jordan Gautreau, one of our dear church family members who was a faithful staff member. While we do not know many of the details at this time, we ask our community for your prayers. We know God's tender grace and unexplainable peace will be with this family and Healing Place Church during this time of sadness."

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