SOUTH HAMILTON, Mass. (WHDH) -
A group of Hamilton teens and adults were ready to come home from their mission trip to Guatemala when they were attacked and robbed.
The members of First Congregational Church of Hamilton were on their way to the airport in two vans when one of the vans, carrying 17 people, was carjacked.
“On the way back to Guatemala City Tuesday night they were carjacked, one of the vans was carjacked. They were robbed and assaulted but we’re happy to say they’re safely home,” Dorington Little, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hamilton, said.
Sources tell 7News some of the assaults were sexual.
“I can’t comment on that because everything that happened right now is private and being handled by our church. Everyone is safe and everyone is sound and everyone is healthy right now,” Krason said.
Krason said she wasn’t in the van that got attacked but the group had just spent eight days in a rural village building houses and leading bible study groups.
Her husband says the congregation is coming together to support each other.
“At first there’s going to be lots of grief and process. It’s a bad thing, when you see this it’s bad. But God is good and we’re going to come together as a church like we never have and we’re going to be there for each other,”David Krason said.
New procedures will be put in place if the trip occurs again next year.
“They were driving at nine at night, so we decided we will never drive at night again. When you do this kind of work, it doesn't guarantee safe passage so you do everything all of the time to make sure everything is safe,” Gail Hull, one of the trip organizers, said.
The group reported to the attack to the US Embassy in Guatemala and they said Guatemalan police would be handling the incident.