Flight 17 Victim's Dad Writes Angry Letter to Putin
Hans de Borst says people behind attack 'ruined' his life
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2014 7:05 PM CDT
Elsemiek de Borst.   (Hans de Borst/Facebook)

(Newser) – A grieving father who lost his daughter on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has written to Vladimir Putin, and he doesn't mince words. "Thank you very much Mister Putin, leaders of the separatists, or the Ukraine government for murdering my loved and only child, Elsemiek de Borst," writes Hans de Borst in a letter posted on Facebook and printed in a Dutch paper, reports People. His 17-year-old daughter planned to do her final exams next year, he writes, then go to a technical university and study engineering. "She was looking forward to it. She is suddenly no more." He adds:

  • "Aforementioned misters, I hope you're proud of including her and her young life ... and you will be able to look at yourselves in the mirror tomorrow morning. Thanks again. Sincerely, Elsemiek's father, Hans de Borst from Monster, whose life is ruined."

Worse, Elsemiek's mother was killed on the flight too; they were traveling to Malaysia for a holiday, the Telegraph reports.

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Jul 23, 2014 1:58 PM CDT
My condolences Mr. Hans De Borst, on the loss of your daughter and mother of your child. May they rest in peace.
Jul 23, 2014 11:44 AM CDT
Wow, the comments here are beyond heartless and cruel. Regardless of who did what, this man just lost his mother, AND his ONLY CHILD! SHAME ON EVERYONE OF YOU who has laughed or made idiotic comments. Praying you each and every one never have to experience that kind of deep traumatic loss, but if you do....don't expect anyone to feel for you anymore than you have felt for them in their grief!
David Kennedy
Jul 23, 2014 9:25 AM CDT
Why was the plane flying over a war zone. It wouldn't surprise me if the CIA shot the plane down.