Olympics Watch: Family of slain tourist thankful for support

BEIJINGLOGO200x150The family of a U.S. tourist who was killed on Saturday has thanked the people of Beijing and America for their support.

Todd Bachman, 62, whose daughter is a former Olympian and whose son-in-law coaches the U.S. men's volleyball team, died after an unprovoked attack on Saturday at the Drum Tower, a tourist attraction 5 miles from the Olympic site.

Bachman's wife, Barbara, suffered multiple lacerations in the attack by Chinese national Tang Yongming, 47, who leapt to his death from the tower following the attack.

The Bachman's daughter, Elisabeth McCutcheon, who competed for the U.S. women’s volleyball team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, was prsent at the attack, as was a female guide who sustained minor injuries.

Elisabeth and Hugh McCutcheon, a New Zealander, said in a statement: "We send a special thank you to the people of Beijing, the people of New Zealand, and of course, the people of America. "We have been lifted up by the outpouring of support and love we've received from around the world."

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