According to the State Department, Americans were among the 31 casualties in Brussels following Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.
NPR via the Associated Press writes Secretary of State John Kerry made it official in an announcement from Brussels this morning.
Among the dead are Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski, a brother and sister originally from the Netherlands who were living in New York City.
A spokesperson for the family is quoted by the New York Post as saying:
We received confirmation this morning from Belgian Authorities and the Dutch Embassy of the positive identification of the remains of Alexander and Sascha….
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.
The siblings had been on the phone with their mom, Marjan, when she heard the sound of an explosion and the line went dead. The pair were on their way back to the U.S. when they were killed.
It has still not been determined if they died at the Brussels airport or in the metro station that was bombed.