Siblings confirmed dead in Brussels terror attacks had local connection

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Local resident Charles Cain says the terror attacks in Brussels reminded him about the importance of family and close friends.

Charles is the brother of Jim Cain, a former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark who now lives in Raleigh. Jim’s daughter, Cameron Cain, is engaged to Alexander Pinczowski.

Alexander and his sister, Sascha, were killed in the terror attacks. Relatives say the siblings were on the phone with their mother when the suicide bombs went off at a Belgium airport. The Dutch nationals were boarding a flight to New York, where the pair lived. Cameron planned on meeting up with Alexander when he arrived.

Charles, who lives in High Point, was looking forward to Alexander officially becoming a part of the family. He said Alexander was raised in Europe and had many ties to North Carolina.

“My niece Cameron was very much in love with Alex -- they were engaged. And had a bright future together,” Charles said.

Charles said Alexander visited High Point during the holidays and was very much a part of their family. “We had just spent Thanksgiving with him in the mountains,” Charles said.

Following the attacks on Tuesday, Cameron and her parents took a flight on Wednesday to Amsterdam, and then drove to Brussels to search for answers.

Once there, the family released this statement: “The Belgian Authorities tonight provided, to the families gathered at Astrid Hospital in Brussels, a list of the names of all remaining victims of the tragedy of March 22 who remain alive. Sadly, our beloved Alexander and Sacha were not among them.”

Details concerning funeral arrangements have not been released, but Alexander and Sascha will be buried in Europe.