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Family of slain teacher hold funeral, continue to seek answers

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Though Jennifer Brown’s body has been laid to rest, questions about the circumstances surrounding her death remain.

The family of the 40-year-old teacher who appears to have been violently killed last month in Qatar, have expressed anger about how their daughter’s case has been handled by authorities here, as well as grief at losing a person who was “never critical of anyone,” the Pocono Record reports.

Robert Brown, the father of the victim, said his daughter’s former employer told him that she was killed by a Kenyan security guard who was arrested and confessed to the crime. The director of the English Modern School further told Doha News that the murder took place in Brown’s school-provided flat.

Brown’s body arrived in the US on Wednesday, and was buried yesterday in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. As loved ones gathered in the Brown home to mourn their loss, questions about Brown’s death lingered, the newspaper states:

“That security guard was supposed to protect her. What kind of a security guard is that?” (Robert Brown) asked…

“She went over there to help people. Look what hap­pened,” (sister Heather) Shapiro said. “The last 10 or 20 years of my par­ents’ lives they’re going to have heartache every day.”

Earlier this week, Brown told Doha News that the family has hired an attorney to find out more information about the investigation. But the effort appears to have proved futile thus far.

Meanwhile, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, to whom police direct media inquiries, has yet to comment publicly on the crime. Beyond confirming that an American was killed in Doha, the US Embassy here has also declined to discuss the matter further.

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