Family Loss

First U.S. Victims In Brussels Bombings Identified

Siblings were headed home.

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Two siblings from New York City, Sacha and Alexander Pinczowski, were killed in Tuesday’s terrorist bombings in Brussels, according to Belgian authorities.

“We received confirmation this morning from Belgian Authorities and the Dutch Embassy of the positive identification of the remains of Alexander and Sascha,” read a family statement.

“We are grateful to have closure on this tragic situation, and are thankful for the thoughts and prayers from all. The family is in the process of making arrangements.”

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The siblings, who were Dutch citizens, were on the phone with their mother, Marjan, when the bombs detonated. The explosions and shattering glass could be heard before the line went dead.

The pair were on their way back to the United States when they died.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said a number of Americans were killed, but the identification of many victims is ongoing.

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