Braden Joplin, a campaign volunteer for presidential candidate Ben Carson, has died after a car crash in Iowa Tuesday, according to NBC News.
The 25-year old passed away from injuries sustained from the accident. Joplin was in a van with two other campaign volunteers and an employee of the Carson campaign. The van hit a patch of ice, flipped, and was struck by another vehicle.
Carson cancelled all of his campaign events today and released a statement earlier Tuesday that said Carson had, “cancelled all remaining campaign events today and will be traveling to Omaha this afternoon to be with the family during this difficult time.”
“Earlier today in Iowa, a van transporting three campaign volunteers and a Carson campaign employee hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side where it was struck by another vehicle,” reads a press release from the Carson campaign. Dr. Carson has cancelled all remaining campaign events today and will be traveling to Omaha this afternoon to be with the family during this difficult time,” the press release adds.
Carson is expected to meet with Joplin’s family this evening to offer his condolences.
Other Republican presidential candidates took to twitter throughout the day to share their condolences and send prayers to Joplin’s loved ones.
Trump, who held a rally Tuesday, began the event by asking his supporters to pray for Carson’s campaign staffers and volunteers involved in the accident. “Hopefully they get better, say a prayer,” Trump said. Other candidates also sent messages of support:
Our prayers are with Dr. Carson’s campaign team for a speedy recovery for those injured today.
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 19, 2016
Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the @RealBenCarson staffers injured in a car accident in Iowa. By His stripes, we are healed. Is. 53:5.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 19, 2016
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) January 19, 2016
Just heard about the serious car accident involving @RealBenCarson staff and volunteers. Please join me in praying for them.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 19, 2016
Saddened by the loss of one of @RealBenCarson‘s team members. Prayers for his family & everyone out campaigning. -John
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) January 20, 2016
Prayers goes out to Braden’s family and @RealBenCarson Campaign. Tragedies like today are heartbreaking. God bless all of you!
— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) January 20, 2016