Siblings from New York are among the dead n Brussels after bombings Tuesday at the city’s airport and a metro station. The attacks, carried out by ISIS terrorists, killed at least 34 people and wounded more than 270.
Friends and family were searching for the siblings, Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski, before learning on Friday that they had died in the blasts, the New York Times reports.
The Manhattan residents have family, including their parents, in the Netherlands and Greece, and were visiting Europe. They were at the Brussels Airport on their way back to New York.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. They Were on the Phone With Family When an Explosion Was Heard & the Line Went Dead
Sascha and Alexander Pinczowski were in the departures area of the Brussels Airport, where the bombs were detonated, their friends and family say.
The siblings had called family members to let them know they were at the airport when an explosion was heard and the phone line went dead, the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported.
They haven’t been heard from since, their family and friends say.
The brother and sister both live in Manhattan, but have also lived in Europe. Their mother is from Greece, and their father works in the Netherlands. They attended the Frankfurt International School in Germany.
2. Family & Friends Pleaded for Help Finding Them
Friends quickly took to social media to call for help in finding the missing siblings.
“We are still looking for Alexander Pinczowski and his sister Sascha. They are missing in the Brussels airport attack since this morning. Please contact if you have seen them or know about their whereabouts. Please share!!!,” Karen Van Suijdam wrote on Facebook. “Alex is about 1.85m- brown short hair, beard, brown eyes, diabetic!!! Sascha is about 1.60m- dark brown long straight hair, brown eyes.”
“Their mother is worried sick since she can’t get hold of them since this morning when they were checking in at Zaventem airport,” Mafalda De Andrade Vasconcelos wrote. “If you have friends that work in hospitals or emergency centres, please share with them so that if they recognise them they may get the police to contact the parents.”
Family members traveled to Brussels to search for the siblings.
3. Sascha Pinczowski Graduated From Marymount Manhattan College & Was a Production Intern
Sascha Pinczowski graduated from Manhattan Marymount College in 2014, according to her Linkedin page. She works as a production intern at Shiraz Events, a New York company.
She has also worked as an event production intern at UNICEF.
“I have known the Pinczowskis for over 15 years,” Alex Kneeshaw told the New York Daily News. “We lived in Germany together where I met the whole family and have been a part of it ever since. She is the kindest, goofiest, and down-to-Earth girl I have ever met.”
4. Alexander Pinczowski’s Future Father-in-Law Called Him a ‘Brilliant Young Man’
Alexander Pinczowski’s fiancee, Cameron Cain, a North Carolina native who also lived in Manhattan, posted on Twitter asking for help in finding him:
Her father, Jim Cain, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Denmark from 2005 to 2009, told WABC-TV that Alexander Pinczowski is a “brilliant young man, clever, intimidatingly smart.”
The Cain family traveled to Brussels to help in the search.
“You live through those scenarios, you think about those, but you can never imagine that something like this would happen to your own daughter, your own family, and it’s horrible beyond imagination,” Cain told the news station.
5. An American Couple Is Also Missing in Brussels
An American couple who were living and working in Brussels are also among the missing, their family says. Justin and Stephanie Shults had just dropped Stephanie’s mother off at the Brussels Airport when the blasts occurred.
Stephanie Shults’ mother, Carolyn Moore, survived the attack, but the couple has not been found, according to CBS Lexington.
Justin Shults is from Tennessee and his wife is from Kentucky. They both studied at Vanderbilt University.
Also among the missing is Belgian college student Bart Migom, whose girlfriend, Emily Eisenman, lives in Georgia. He was at Brussels Airport to board a flight to the United States to visit Eisenman and has not been heard from since.