10 June 2014

Morocco: Fourth Victim of Brussels Jewish Museum Killings Buried in Moroccan Muslim Cemetery

The fourth person to die after a gunman opened fire on the Jewish Museum in Brussels was to be buried in a Muslim cemetery in Morocco.

Alexandre Strens, whose mother is Jewish and father a Muslim Berber, was to be buried near his grandparents' graves in the cemetery in Taza, north-east Morocco, on Tuesday afternoon, the museum's president Philippe Blondin told Belgian media.

Strens, who was raised in the Jewish faith by his mother, was employed in the museum's PR department and was working in reception on the day of the killings.

He died on Friday, having been brain-dead since being shot.

Both parents' families agreed that he should be buried in Morocco.

"Alexandre's family is a magnificent family, integrated and of exceptional quality," Blondin said. "The mum raised her seven children on her own."

Three other people were killed in the attack, Israeli tourists Emanuel and Miriam Riva and 66-year-old voluntary worker Dominique Sabrier.

A suspect, Mehdi Nemmouche, was arrested in Marseille, southern France, 11 days ago and is currently fighting extradition to Belgium.

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