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Family confirms NYC siblings died in Brussels attacks

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NEW YORK — Two siblings from New York City were positively identified among the victims who were killed in the bombings at Brussels Airport.

Jim Cain, former US ambassador to Denmark, and father of Alexander Pinczowski's longtime girlfriend Cameron Cain, confirmed to PIX11 Friday morning that the remains of both Alexander and his sister, Sascha Pinczowski, have been positively identified.

On Thursday night, Cain said families gathered at Astrid Hospital in Brussels were given a list of victims who survived the attacks. The siblings' names were not on the list.

Cain said the family is grateful to have closure and is thankful for "support, thoughts, and prayers from all." Cain said the family is in the process of making funeral arrangements.

The family asks for "continued prayers and privacy during this time of grieving as we await final closure," Cain said.

A representative from Marymount Manhattan College, where Sascha Pinczowski studied business, said "the entire College community is deeply saddened by this news.  Sascha earned her bachelor’s degree in Business from Marymount Manhattan in 2015.  Alexander also spent time at the College and was known to many here.  Members of our community who knew Sascha and Alexander remember them as joyful spirits with a passion for life."

Mayor de Blasio said, "Two young siblings from our city were taken from us far too soon, and our hearts break for the family and friends of Sascha and Alexander. New York City has shown time and again that we will not succumb to the threat of terrorism, and we will not live in fear."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also extended his condolences, saying, "their lives were cut short by cowards who have chosen extremism and hate instead of peace and unity. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest prayers and condolences to the Pinczowski family."

The siblings, who lived in Manhattan, were readying for their return trip to New York when the suicide bomb detonated at 8:30 a.m. local time Tuesday.

They were speaking with their mother while checking into their Delta flight when the bombs went off.