The family of Mika Yamamoto, a 45-year-old journalist who was killed while covering violence in Syria, was reunited with her body on Thursday at a mosque in Istanbul.
Yamamoto's sisters gently stroked her cheeks while repetitively calling out her name, according to Kazutaka Sato, 56, Yamamoto's common-law husband and colleague who traveled with her to Syria.
"Mika is as beautiful as always," Sato quoted Yamamoto's younger sister, Kae, 42, as saying.
The sisters sobbed but seemed relieved to see the calm look on Yamamoto's face, according to Sato. The sisters viewed the body for about 15 minutes. Upon their request, the viewing took place before makeup was applied to Yamamoto's body.
She died Monday after being shot by what were believed to be Syrian government forces while covering clashes in Aleppo, northern Syria. Her body is scheduled to arrive at Narita Airport on Saturday morning.
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