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Brother of Binghamton victim travels to the US

THE brother of a Chinese victim in the Binghamton shooting left China for the United States on Saturday to arrange his sister's funeral, the local government said over the weekend.

Mao Hongsun, the elder brother of 35-year-old victim Mao Hongxiu, left Beijing about 1:05pm on flight CA918 to the US state of New York, according to the foreign affairs office of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The sister and brother are natives of Guilin in Guangxi.

Mao Hongxiu went to the US five years ago and worked as a manicurist. She married David Marsland, a US citizen, last September and the couple planned to have a baby this year, said her brother.

"My family was shocked," Mao Hongsun said before boarding the plane.

"We had a chat online last month, and she told me that she was happy with the marriage and she was taking a training course to improve her English. She was very optimistic about her future."

The shooting rampage in Binghamton on April 3 killed 14 people of eight different countries of origin.

The four Chinese victims also include Guo Li, 47, from Shenzhen City in Guangdong Province; Zhong Haihong, 54, from Henan Province in central China; and Jiang Ling, 22, a native of Fujian Province in southeastern China.

Plans of the family members of the three other Chinese victims are as yet unknown.


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