Friday should have been a day of celebration — the day Brendan Beck turned 35.
Instead, his mother, Sally Baldwin of Fort Worth, mourned her son, who is believed to have died during this week's earthquake in Haiti.
Beck arrived in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday to begin a job for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Beck sent his mom an e-mail 11 minutes before the earthquake devastated the Caribbean island.
"It said he arrived safely," said Baldwin, a software product manager at Lockheed Martin.
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Baldwin knows that the hotel where he was collapsed. And she believes that families of survivors have already been notified.
"We know he didn’t get out," she said tearfully. "They've accounted for those who got out. We're just praying that he will be found."
Meanwhile, a member of a Dallas-area church's team of medical missionaries died of internal injuries received in Tuesday's earthquake.
Jean Arnwine of Dallas was part of a team of volunteers from the Highland Park United Methodist Church staffing the Haiti Eye Care Clinic in the village of Petit Goave.
Fellow missionary Katy Langley said at a Friday news conference that Arnwine was among those trapped in the ruins of the clinic.
A spokeswoman for the church, Kim Gifford, said the 49-year-old volunteer died Friday morning in a hospital on the island of Guadeloupe.
This report includes material from The Associated Press.