- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - One of the victims of the Brussels bombings was on her way to Rhode Island for her stepfather’s funeral when she was killed, her relatives said Friday.

Elita Borbor Weah texted family members a photo of herself at the Brussels airport shortly before bombs went off inside Tuesday.

Her large extended family from Zwedru, Liberia, had dispersed across West Africa, Europe and the United States following Liberia’s civil wars. The 40-year-old had settled in the Netherlands, where she was living with her 13-year-old daughter.

Her brother Oscar Weah, of Providence, was shaking and in tears Friday as he described how his older sister helped care for him over the years.

“She had a good heart,” said 14-year-old niece Eden Weah. “She was always worried about everybody.”

This week was supposed to be a bittersweet reunion of family members who came to Providence to mourn James Wah, who was 87 when he died in February. His funeral is Saturday.

Instead, the family patriarch’s children and stepchildren prepared for his Friday evening wake - and worked to make arrangements to care for Elita Weah’s daughter, who had stayed behind in the Netherlands.

Eden Weah said she had been excited to see her aunt, who last visited Rhode Island for a wedding.

“I told her my birthday was coming up,” she said. “She said, ‘Baby, don’t worry, I’ll come.’”

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