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Family: Mother killed in Syria kept many secrets

May 31, 2013 • National News


In this 2007 photo provided by the Mansfield family, Nicole Lynn Mansfield stands behind her grandfather Monte Mansfield. Nicole Mansfield, a Michigan mother killed during fighting in Syria, often left family and friends in dark about the details of another life _ marrying an Arab immigrant, attending a Muslim school in Detroit and taking trips to the Middle East including the one that would be her last, relatives said Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Mansfield Family Photo)

BURTON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan mother killed during fighting in Syria often left many family members and friends in the dark about the details of another life — marrying an Arab immigrant, moving around frequently and taking trips to the Middle East, including the one that would be her last, relatives said Friday.

An aunt, cousins, a longtime friend and the grandmother who raised Nicole Lynn Mansfield say they are left with differing, incomplete accounts of the life of the 33-year-old mother, who is the only American known to have been killed fighting in Syria. They say some of Mansfield’s mysterious activity including a trip to the Middle East aroused the curiosity of the FBI, who contacted them a couple years ago to ask why Mansfield had traveled to Dubai for a few weeks.

“I was stunned, totally stunned, that she went over there and she got herself into what she got into and ended up away from us now,” said Mansfield’s aunt, Login to read more

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