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Six Bali Residents Die in Crash of MH 17 Shot Down Over Ukraine

Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, MH17, Ukraine, Wayan Sujana, Benoit Chardome, Gita Trian Welianda Putu Wiegle, Ketut, Yelena Clarice Huizen
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The crash of MH17. Shot down by a Russian-made missile over Ukrainian airspace on Thursday, July 17, 2014, counted 6 people who made their homes in Bali among the manifest of 298 murdered crew and passengers. and Bali Update extends its condolences to the families and friends of all those who lost their lives in the downing of MH17.

People from Bali confirmed among dead are:

  • Yodricunda Theistiasih, her husband Arnoud Huizen and their infant daughter Yelena Clarice Huizen. Originally from Ambon, Yodricunda moved to Bali in the late 1990s and worked at a hotel in Bali. In Bali she met and married Dutchman Arnoud Huizen. The two were returning from Holland with their 2-year-old daughter after a 3-week visit during which they processed Dutch citizenship for the child. Arnoud Huizen taught language in Kuta to Indonesian school children. The young family made their home in Bali in the Denpasar suburb of Dalung.

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  • Ketut Wiartini (33), originally from Kubutambahan in North Bali, but who lived in Holland for the past 14 years. Divorced from her Dutch husband, Wiartini was returning to Bali to visit family. She leave behind a 13-year-old son Gita Trian Welianda Putu Wiegle in Holland.

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  • Benoit Chardome, originally from Belgium, moved to Bali 6 years ago from New Zealand where he operated a number of restaurants. Most recently Benoit worked as the manager of the Canggu Club. He had travelled to Europe to marry his Indonesian partner, who was not on board the ill-fated MH17 flight back to Asia.

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  • Wayan Sujana (24) from Gerokgak in North Bali, had been invited by Chardome as a guest at the wedding. Sujana had spent  nearly a month touring Europe. Sujana, a final year student in a local tourism economy, owned a small, successful spa that provided an income to his family. 

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