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Daughter of South Korea ferry crewman kills herself

Published on Jun 26, 2014 6:00 PM
 
Relatives of the April 16 ferry disaster victims comfort students who survived the accident as they make their way back to school in Ansan June 25, 2014. The daughter of a crew member of a South Korean ferry which sank killing hundreds of school children committed suicide on Thursday, police and prosecutors said, in a tragic twist to a disaster that prompted a nationwide outpouring of grief. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (REUTERS) - The daughter of a crew member of a South Korean ferry which sank killing hundreds of school children committed suicide on Thursday, police and prosecutors said, in a tragic twist to a disaster that prompted a nationwide outpouring of grief.

The crew member, facing a charge of negligence in the April 16 sinking, was granted temporary release from detention so that he could help arrange the funeral, a prosecution official said.

The 15 surviving crew of the ferry are on trial on charges ranging from negligence to homicide amid a public furore after video footage showed some escaping the sinking vessel as the children followed instructions and stayed on board.

The daughter had been preparing for years for a government exam, said a police officer in the southern city of Busan, where she was found dead.

 
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