Condolences extended to family of Reem Island murder victim

Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Minister of State, and Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, the director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council, visited the family of Ibolya Ryan.
Dr Amal Abdulla Al Qubaisi, the director general of Abu Dhabi Education Council, and Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Minister of State, meets with Aidan Ryan and Adam Ryan, the twin sons of Ibolya Ryan. Courtesy Security Media
Dr Amal Abdulla Al Qubaisi, the director general of Abu Dhabi Education Council, and Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Minister of State, meets with Aidan Ryan and Adam Ryan, the twin sons of Ibolya Ryan. Courtesy Security Media
ABU DHABI // The murder of a kindergarten teacher on Reem Island last week has been condemned by Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, chairwoman of the General Women's Union and president of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

The family of Ibolya Ryan, the victim, was visited on Monday evening by Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Minister of State, and Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, director general of Abu Dhabi Education Council, who passed on Sheikha Fatima's condolences.

Mrs Ryan, an American mother of three, was stabbed to death in a bathroom stall in Boutik Mall on December 1. A 38-year-old Emirati woman suspected of the murder, and of planting a nail bomb outside the home of an Egyptian-American doctor, was arrested by Abu Dhabi Police less than 48 hours after the attack.

Earlier this week, Dr Al Qubaisi also visited Al Oula School where Mrs Ryan taught, to speak to staff.

In her message to the family, Sheikha Fatima said she would do all she could to help ease their shock, the state news agency Wam reported.

Sheikha Fatima said the killer lacked humanity and did not reflect the honourable image that Emirati women were known for, which is a model for love, goodness, peace, progress and harmony.

Sheikha Fatima also praised the Ministry of Interior for the speed with which the suspect was captured, and called on her “sons and daughters” in the UAE to work together in order to confront extremist ideologies and all forms of terrorism.

According to police, the suspect acted alone and has no links to terrorist organisations.

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Published: December 10, 2014 04:00 AM

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