Adelma Tapia Ruiz, a 36-year-old Peruvian woman living in Brussels who was traveling to New York to visit her mother with her 3-year old twin daughters, is one of the first victims authorities have identified that died in the deadly terror attacks there on Tuesday. Her husband Christopher Delcambe had dropped off his family at the airport and was injured in the attack, along with one of the couple’s daughters, Maureen, who sustained shrapnel wounds to one arm. Their other daughter Alondra was unharmed.
Adelma’s older brother, Fernando Tapia Coral, confirmed the death of his sister, who was a chef and wanted to set up a Peruvian restaurant in Brussels. “The girls had been playing, and Christopher followed them out of the gate area when the explosion occurred suddenly. Christopher couldn’t find Adelma,” he told The New York Times in an interview. He added that she had three sisters and one other brother, all from Pucallpa in Peru, who were in shock and couldn’t even talk.
Lady Sindey Jouany, a friend of Adelma living in Paris also spoke with the New York Times: “We danced together at an event for Women’s Day just recently,” she said. “She was a very active woman. I’m still in shock. At first I thought it was someone else, and it took time to understand how this could have happened to her and how close to home it has hit.”
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