Local family loses niece in downed Malaysian plane

SAN DIEGO - The tragedy of the downed Malaysian jetliner thousands of miles away is being felt in San Diego.

A Rancho Bernardo family is grieving the loss of their 20-year-old niece who was on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. What makes this story even more tragic is that she was going on vacation after the devastating loss of her own mother.

"It's horrible," said Norman Nahar. "It's something that you would never expect in a million years."

Nahar had been watching coverage of the disaster when he got the phone call.

"And she said, 'Daisy was on the flight,'" he said. "Shook me to the core."

His niece Daisy Oehlers and her boyfriend had been on their way to Kuala Lumpur. Daisy's mother had recently passed away after a long illness and the young woman's relatives said the loss had been difficult for her.

"It was really hard trying to move on with life," said Lillian Nahar. "It was a very painful experience for her."

Her boyfriend's family in Holland coordinated a trip for the couple, a getaway to escape for a while.

But just five hours into the flight, a surface-to-air missile blasted the plane out of the sky.

Lillian told 10News, "It's devastating. We have a family loss, but we're one family of 298. But if you think about it, we're a family of human beings. Any one of us could have been on that airplane."

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