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Daughter and son-in-law of hostage slain by pirates thank Navy for attempted rescue

February 22, 2011 | 10:25 pm

The daughter and son-in-law of Scott Adam, who was slain by Somali pirates, issued a statement late Tuesday thanking the U.S. Navy for the attempted rescue of the four hostages.

"We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the brave men and women of the Navy and other military branches who risked their lives trying to save them," said a statement issued through the FBI by Sem family of Escondido. Their first names were not revealed.

FBI agents were with the Sem family Tuesday as news of the killings was made public.

"Our loved ones were tragically taken from us and our hearts are broken," said the family statement, which asked for the media to respect their privacy.

Scott Adam and his wife Jean Adam, from Southern California, were killed by pirates as U.S. officials  aboard the destroyer Sterett tried to negotiate their release. Also killed were Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle.

The four were aboard the 58-foot yacht Quest that was seized Friday by pirates.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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