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Family members mourn dead Chinese tourists in Arizona

A mourning ceremony was held yesterday on the roadside of US 93 highway in Arizona in memory of the Chinese tourists killed there in last week's tour bus crash.

About two dozen family members participated in the ceremony to say goodbye to those who lost their lives in the accident.

Most of the family members arrived in Las Vegas in the past two days from Shanghai, China.

Seven people were killed and 10 others injured at the site about 40 km south of the Hoover Dam last Friday, when their tour bus overturned on its way to Las Vegas after a one-day trip to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

The mourning ceremony lasted about one hour, as family members prayed and called out the names of the victims, hoping to bring the souls of their beloved ones back home from a foreign country.

Sheila Larsen, a waitress of a restaurant near the accident site, watched the ceremony and helped comfort the family members. Larsen was one of the first people to arrive at the scene of the bus crash.

"I did not see what happened, I just heard a big noise," Larsen said.

She said she brought blankets for the victims to keep them warm, and one of them, a woman, died in her arms before a rescue team could arrive.

"I could do nothing to save her life, it was such a tragedy," Larsen said.

She said the woman spoke to her in Chinese, but she was not able to understand because of the language barrier.

"I don't know what she said. I wish I did," Larsen said.


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