abc
QUICK LINKS:

Minnesota Man Loses 2 Relatives in Airliner Crash

Updated: 07/21/2014 10:29 AM
Created: 07/21/2014 10:28 AM WDIO.com

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota family is mourning relatives who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

Drew Ryder, of Willmar, says the 298 victims included his oldest brother, 54-year-old Arjen Ryder and his 52-year-old wife, Yvonne Ryder, of Albany, Western Australia.

Ryder tells The Associated Press they're drawing comfort from their Christian Reformed faith, and forgive whoever was responsible for shooting down the airliner. He says Christianity is about turning the other cheek, so responding with violence and retribution would be a betrayal of their faith.

If any good can come of this, he says, it would be changing the hearts and minds of whoever was involved.

Arjen Ryder worked for the Western Australia Department of Agriculture while Yvonne Ryder was a preschool teacher.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
 

Front Page

  • Fire Danger Expected to Increase in Minnesota

    Dry conditions are expected to increase the danger of wildfires in Minnesota this weekend.

  • Three Attempted Murder Charges Filed Against Woman in Douglas Co. Shootout

    Twenty two-year old Jessica Gehl of Lake Nebagamon was charged with three counts of attempted first degree intentional murder Friday after she allegedly pulled a gun on her mother and then opened fire on authorities Wednesday. Gehl was also charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

  • Reinert 'Strongly Considering' Running for Duluth Mayor

    When Duluth Mayor Don Ness announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election, many people were surprised. On Friday, Sen. Roger Reinert said he is strongly considering entering the race.

  • Charge Against Woman in Arrest Video Dismissed

    A judge has dismissed a charge against a woman seen in a video of a controversial Superior arrest.  At a hearing Friday, Judge Kelly Thimm approved a motion to dismiss a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Natasha Lancour.

  • Justin's 2014-2015 Winter Prediction

    Winter is right around the corner and the question on everybody's mind is will we have a winter like last year.  With record stretches of cold and record snowfall last year is one we one like to forget. Chief meteorologist Justin Liles lets us know what we can expect this year

 
Advertisement