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Widow of Ebola victim wants ashes returned to US

August 8, 2014
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman who lost her husband to Ebola is working on bringing his ashes back to the U.S.

Decontee Sawyer says she wants her husband's remains for her three daughters, so they can have a way to keep their dad near them.

Patrick Sawyer died of Ebola on July 25 in Nigeria, days after he traveled from Liberia.

Decontee Sawyer says she is working with Sen. Al Franken's staff and staff at the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria to try to retrieve her husband's ashes. She says she hopes to have the remains here before a Sept. 27 memorial service. She says the service will be to remember all Ebola victims, including her husband.

Franken says in a statement that Patrick Sawyer's remains need to be with his family.



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