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Minnesota Family's Connection to Malaysian Flight 17

Updated: 07/21/2014 8:44 AM
Created: 07/21/2014 8:41 AM KAALtv.com

WILLMAR, MN (AP) - A Minnesota man says he and his family don't want revenge against those responsible for taking the life of his oldest brother and sister-in-law on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
    
Drew Ryder, of Willmar, says 54-year-old Arjen Ryder and his 52-year-old wife, Yvonne, were killed when the jetliner was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine four days ago.
    
Ryder tells the Star Tribune his family is not looking for justice, but rather to help those responsible change their hearts. He says his brother and sister-in-law lived in Albany, on the southwest coast of the state of Western Australia. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
    
Arjen worked for the W.A. Department of Agriculture and Yvonne was a preschool teacher.
    
Drew Ryder says his family plans to fly to Australia for a memorial service next Monday.

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Ukraine Plane Pro-Russian fighters walk at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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