ALEPPO (AFP) — On the day she was killed, Syrian star swimmer Mireille Hindoyan had decided to skip her daily swim at an Aleppo pool to work a shift at her family’s supermarket near the frontline.
Not long after she arrived, a rocket fired by rebels just across the frontline in the war-ravaged city slammed into the shop, killing the 20-year-old and her 12-year-old brother Arman.
At the family home, her mother Betty sat pale and drawn, dressed in mourning black and weeping as she looked at the makeshift memorial to the two of her children killed in the September 30 attack.
“They went to God, maybe living with him is better than living in war,” she said in tears, looking at a spread of Mireille’s swimming medals and photos of the dark-haired girl and her brother.
Her middle child, 19-year-old Movses, survived the attack but was badly wounded.
An ambitious athlete and third-year university student, Mireille was a national short-distance swimming champion who dreamt of becoming a nutritionist.