SYDNEY (CBSDC/AP) — An Australian woman still grieving the loss of her brother in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March, is now dealing with the death of her stepdaughter who was on Flight 17.
Kaylene Mann found out Friday that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was one of the 298 people onboard the Malaysian Airlines plane that U.S. intelligence officials believe was shot down by a surface-to-air missile near the Ukraine-Russia border. In March Mann lost her brother, Rod Burrows, and sister-in-law, Mary Burrows, after Flight 370 disappeared. It has yet to be found.
“It’s just brought everyone, everything back,” Greg Burrows, Mann’s brother, told The Associated Press. “It’s just … ripped our guts again.
“She just lost a brother and now a stepdaughter, so…” Burrows said.
Phil Lithgow, president of the Sunbury Football Club, told the AP that Rizk and her husband Albert were returning home after being in Europe for four weeks on vacation.
“They were very lovely people,” Lithgow said. “You wouldn’t hear a bad word about them – very generous with their time in the community, very community-minded, and just really very entertaining people to be with.”
Burrows doesn’t point the finger at Malaysia Airlines for what happened.
“Nobody could predict they were going to get shot down,” he said. “That was out of their hands.”
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that the U.S. is still reviewing whether any Americans were on the flight.
“The United States Government remains prepared to assist with a credible, international investigation any way we can, and we will continue to be in touch with all relevant partners as we seek the facts of what happened today,” Kerry said.
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