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Flight MH17 victim born and raised in Murwillumbah

A WOMAN who was killed on Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine two weeks ago was raised in Murwillumbah.

Maree Rizk was aboard the flight shot down by Russian separatists, with her husband Albert, after the couple travelled through Europe.

The couple they were travelling with had boarded a flight 24 hours earlier, avoiding the disaster.

Initially media reported that the decision was made just before boarding, but the flights were actually booked months earlier.

Mrs Rizk was born in Murwillumbah and grew up on the Gold Coast with three sisters and two brothers, all of whom are in Sunbury.

The couple's son James Rizk, a 22-year-old who had recently begun working at his father's real estate business, told Triple M radio in Sydney that since the crash he had spoken to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

In a sad coincidence, Murwillumbah-born Mrs Rizk was the step-daughter of Brisbane woman Kaylene Mann, whose brother and sister-in-law died on the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 flight in March.

On Tuesday the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Australia's draft resolution for "full and unrestricted access" for investigators to the aircraft crash site.

Topics:  murwillumbah, tweed



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