Slain Tourist's Kids Unaware of Her Death
Sarai Sierra's husband to tell them on return from Turkey
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2013 12:01 PM CST
A member of the Istanbul-based Association For Families With Lost Relatives hands out flyers with photos of Sarai Sierra in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – It's been all over the news, but Sarai Sierra's kids—boys ages nine and 11—still don't know their mother was found dead in Turkey, their grandmother tells the Today show. Their father is currently in Istanbul working alongside police to solve the killing. He's "going to talk to them when he comes back, and we’ll all be there to support him," Betsy Jimenez said.

Police say initial investigations found no sign of rape, reports NBC; contrary to previous reports, the network says no arrests have been made. But prosecutors in Istanbul got a court order today for authorities to take blood and DNA samples from 21 people already questioned, reports the AP. A Turkish paper reports that a forensic lab will examine samples from Sierra's fingernails as well as hair and other samples from a blanket found near her body. It said some nail scrapings suggest she may have tried to fight for her life. She was apparently killed by a blow to the head.

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Feb 5, 2013 9:51 AM CST
What a DUMB broad ....let me think a woman unaccompanied by her sell in a rag head land. Ahhh just might as well walk around naked to see who will rape you. OH she was naked No Berca. Hate to say it she got what she deserved in stupidity.
Feb 4, 2013 2:27 PM CST
I understand they are grieving, but was there nobody to tell Granny that telling the country (and world by now) that the kids don't know their mother is dead will only make some "do gooder" tell them for whatever twisted reason they have? It could be one of their friends, classmates, neighbor or someone else who will let slip the bad news, but does anybody doubt the kids will hear it before their father returns?
Feb 4, 2013 1:50 PM CST
This could have happened anywhere; it's terribly sad. That said, I'd say the odds of it happening in Istanbul were higher, because despite the howls of protests from naysayers, Islam breeds and encourages both ignorance and misogyny. I've spent a lot of time in Istanbul; I have walked from Taksim, across the Galata Köprüsü, through the Fatih district (a heavily islamic area) and up to the Kariye Museum by the city walls, and although I got some odd looks, I never felt threatened. But then, I'm a guy. If I had been a female alone in that wild city, I never would have risked it. My sincerest condolences to her family and loved ones.