The Jakarta Globe
The remains of an Indonesian woman shot dead in the US state of South Carolina on April 27 arrived in her hometown in Bali on Wednesday.
The remains of Luh Endang Susiani, 31, arrived midday from Charleston, South Carolina, where she had been working for about three years before being kidnapped and murdered on April 27.
“The remains are brought home after an autopsy performed by Medical University of South Carolina Hospital and some administrative procedures. The Foreign Ministry will hand over the remains to the family upon arrival at the airport,” said P. L. E. Priatna, the director for information and media at Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday morning.
Endang, from the Bali district of Buleleng, moved to the United States in 2009 after signing a contract with QKAI, a migrant worker agency in Yogyakarta. She was working as a cashier at a Chinese restaurant in South Carolina.
On the night of April 27, while Endang and her fiance Nyoman Arwani were in their car, the couple were allegedly approached by Tyler A. Brown-Kelly of St. George, South Carolina.
“They were mugged by a man with a gun who hijacked their car, forcing the male passenger to get out, while Luh was forced to stay in the car,” Michael Tene, spokesman for the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, said of the incident.
Endang’s body was found on the next day alongside the Interstate 26 exit ramp. She had been shot in the head.
Brown-Kelly, 27, a father of two children, was arrested shortly after. He faces four criminal charges including murder, carjacking, kidnapping and possession of a firearm.
The Indonesian Foreign Ministry statement said Brown-Kelly’s request to be freed on bail had been rejected, and that he was facing a death row if proven guilty.
“The Indonesian Consulate General in New York continues with its legal [actions]. We want a heaviest punishment for the perpetrator, as requested by the victim’s family,” Priatna said.