Syrian state-led news reports Flint woman killed in its country
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
You wouldn't think the violence happening in Syria would hit close to home, but reports from the country claim it's hit very close.
A state-run Syrian news website says 33-year-old Flint resident Nicole Mansfield is dead, along with two other Westerners. In the article, photos of Mansfield's ID, passport and several weapons are posted. In gruesome photos we can't show you, the news website also posted what they claim to be her body. Syrian news reports Mansfield was killed by loyal forces and the article claims she was a rebel fighter.
As Syrian media (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) continue to report on this, they continue to show a Michigan license. On that license is the name Nicole Mansfield, along with a picture. It also shows an address in Flint on Stevenson Street.
The Detroit Free Press reported they talked to Mansfield's aunt. The aunt told the paper Mansfield converted to Islam several years ago after marrying. The aunt said Mansfield had since divorced but did not know why Mansfield was in Syria.
In a statement from the state department, an official said the following:
"We are aware of the case. As we do in all such cases, we are working through our Czech protecting power in Syria to obtain more information, and we appreciate the efforts of the Czech mission on behalf of our citizens. Because of privacy considerations, we are unable to comment further."
TV5 caught up with Mansfield's father Thursday night. He declined an interview but did say he's just as confused with the reports out of Syria.
The Detroit Free Press also reports the family was in contact with the FBI.
CBS News reports Mansfield attended Atherton High School in Burton through the 10th grade.
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