Funeral held for NYC mother killed in Turkey

As the family and friends of Sarai Sierra were saying farewell to the 33-year-old New York City woman killed while on a solo vacation in Turkey, investigators there detained the siblings of a man wanted for questioning over her death.

Steven Sierra, husband of Sarai Sierra, upper center, and Dennis Jimenez, right, wipe their eyes during her funeral, at the Christian Pentecostal Church, in the Staten Island borough of New York, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 33-year-old mother of two was killed while vacationing alone in Turkey. Sierra disappeared Jan. 21, and her body was discovered 12 days later near Istanbul's ancient city walls. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Steven Sierra, husband of Sarai Sierra, upper center, and Dennis Jimenez, right, wipe their eyes during her funeral, at the Christian Pentecostal Church, in the Staten Island borough of New York, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 33-year-old mother of two was killed while vacationing alone in Turkey. Sierra disappeared Jan. 21, and her body was discovered 12 days later near Istanbul's ancient city walls. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Steven Sierra, husband of Sarai Sierra, upper center, and Dennis Jimenez, right, wipe their eyes during her funeral, at the Christian Pentecostal Church, in the Staten Island borough of New York, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 33-year-old mother of two was killed while vacationing alone in Turkey. Sierra disappeared Jan. 21, and her body was discovered 12 days later near Istanbul's ancient city walls. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Maggie Rodriguez, who was supposed to to travel to Turkey with her friend Sarai Sierra, attends the funeral for Sierra, at the Christian Pentecostal Church, in the Staten Island borough of New York, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 33-year-old mother of two was killed while vacationing alone in Turkey. Her body was found in Istanbul, 12 days after she disappeared. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Maggie Rodriguez, who was supposed to to travel to Turkey with her friend Sarai Sierra, attends the funeral for Sierra, at the Christian Pentecostal Church, in the Staten Island borough of New York, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 33-year-old mother of two was killed while vacationing alone in Turkey. Her body was found in Istanbul, 12 days after she disappeared. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Maggie Rodriguez, who was supposed to to travel to Turkey with her friend Sarai Sierra, attends the funeral for Sierra, at the Christian Pentecostal Church, in the Staten Island borough of New York, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 33-year-old mother of two was killed while vacationing alone in Turkey. Her body was found in Istanbul, 12 days after she disappeared. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The casket of Sarai Sierra, is carried from the Christian Pentecostal Church,after her funeral in the Staten Island borough of New York, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 33-year-old mother of two was killed while vacationing alone in Turkey. Her body was found in Istanbul, 12 days after she disappeared. Her nine-year-old son Silas Sierra, watches, at back right. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The casket of Sarai Sierra, is carried from the Christian Pentecostal Church,after her funeral in the Staten Island borough of New York, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 33-year-old mother of two was killed while vacationing alone in Turkey. Her body was found in Istanbul, 12 days after she disappeared. Her nine-year-old son Silas Sierra, watches, at back right. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The casket of Sarai Sierra, is carried from the Christian Pentecostal Church,after her funeral in the Staten Island borough of New York, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The 33-year-old mother of two was killed while vacationing alone in Turkey. Her body was found in Istanbul, 12 days after she disappeared. Her nine-year-old son Silas Sierra, watches, at back right. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
People carry the casket of murdered New York woman Sarai Sierra from the Surp Yerrortutyun church to an ambulances in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. Her body was discovered late Saturday amid the city historical walls. Her body is expected to be sent back home, New York, on Thursday. (AP Photo )
People carry the casket of murdered New York woman Sarai Sierra from the Surp Yerrortutyun church to an ambulances in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. Her body was discovered late Saturday amid the city historical walls. Her body is expected to be sent back home, New York, on Thursday. (AP Photo )
People carry the casket of murdered New York woman Sarai Sierra from the Surp Yerrortutyun church to an ambulances in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. Her body was discovered late Saturday amid the city historical walls. Her body is expected to be sent back home, New York, on Thursday. (AP Photo )
The casket of murdered New York woman Sarai Sierra seen inside the Surp Yerrortutyun church in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing in Istanbul, and her body was discovered late Saturday amid the city historical walls. Her body is expected to be sent back home to New York, on upcoming Thursday. (AP Photo )
The casket of murdered New York woman Sarai Sierra seen inside the Surp Yerrortutyun church in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing in Istanbul, and her body was discovered late Saturday amid the city historical walls. Her body is expected to be sent back home to New York, on upcoming Thursday. (AP Photo )
The casket of murdered New York woman Sarai Sierra seen inside the Surp Yerrortutyun church in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing in Istanbul, and her body was discovered late Saturday amid the city historical walls. Her body is expected to be sent back home to New York, on upcoming Thursday. (AP Photo )
Police forensics search for missing New York City woman Sarai Sierra near the remnants of some ancient city walls in low-income district of Sarayburnu in Istanbul, Turkey, late Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Turkey's state-run news agency said that she has been found dead in Istanbul and police have detained nine people in connection with the case. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. Her body was discovered late Saturday amid the city walls.(AP Photo)
Police forensics search for missing New York City woman Sarai Sierra near the remnants of some ancient city walls in low-income district of Sarayburnu in Istanbul, Turkey, late Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Turkey's state-run news agency said that she has been found dead in Istanbul and police have detained nine people in connection with the case. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. Her body was discovered late Saturday amid the city walls.(AP Photo)
Police forensics search for missing New York City woman Sarai Sierra near the remnants of some ancient city walls in low-income district of Sarayburnu in Istanbul, Turkey, late Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Turkey's state-run news agency said that she has been found dead in Istanbul and police have detained nine people in connection with the case. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. Her body was discovered late Saturday amid the city walls.(AP Photo)
Dennis Jimenez, father of 33-year-old Sarai Sierra who was found dead on Saturday in Turkey, listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at a friend's home in Staten Island, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in New York. Sierra went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul on Jan. 21, the day she was due to board her flight back home. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Dennis Jimenez, father of 33-year-old Sarai Sierra who was found dead on Saturday in Turkey, listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at a friend's home in Staten Island, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in New York. Sierra went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul on Jan. 21, the day she was due to board her flight back home. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Dennis Jimenez, father of 33-year-old Sarai Sierra who was found dead on Saturday in Turkey, listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at a friend's home in Staten Island, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in New York. Sierra went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul on Jan. 21, the day she was due to board her flight back home. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Betzaida Jimenez, mother of 33-year-old Sarai Sierra who was found dead on Saturday in Turkey, pauses during a news conference at a friend's home in Staten Island, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in New York. Sierra went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul on Jan. 21, the day she was due to board her flight back home. Congressman Michael Grimm is at left. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Betzaida Jimenez, mother of 33-year-old Sarai Sierra who was found dead on Saturday in Turkey, pauses during a news conference at a friend's home in Staten Island, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in New York. Sierra went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul on Jan. 21, the day she was due to board her flight back home. Congressman Michael Grimm is at left. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Betzaida Jimenez, mother of 33-year-old Sarai Sierra who was found dead on Saturday in Turkey, pauses during a news conference at a friend's home in Staten Island, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in New York. Sierra went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul on Jan. 21, the day she was due to board her flight back home. Congressman Michael Grimm is at left. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
FILE - In this image from files provided by the family, Sarai Sierra is shown in an undated family photo, in New York. The New York City woman who went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul was found dead on Saturday and police detained nine people for questioning in connection with her case, Turkey's state-run news agency said. Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was due to board her flight back home. Her disappearance attracted a lot of interest in Turkey, where such disappearance of foreign tourists are rare and Istanbul police had set up a special unit to find her. (AP Photo/Family Photo, File)
FILE - In this image from files provided by the family, Sarai Sierra is shown in an undated family photo, in New York. The New York City woman who went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul was found dead on Saturday and police detained nine people for questioning in connection with her case, Turkey's state-run news agency said. Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was due to board her flight back home. Her disappearance attracted a lot of interest in Turkey, where such disappearance of foreign tourists are rare and Istanbul police had set up a special unit to find her. (AP Photo/Family Photo, File)
FILE - In this image from files provided by the family, Sarai Sierra is shown in an undated family photo, in New York. The New York City woman who went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul was found dead on Saturday and police detained nine people for questioning in connection with her case, Turkey's state-run news agency said. Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was due to board her flight back home. Her disappearance attracted a lot of interest in Turkey, where such disappearance of foreign tourists are rare and Istanbul police had set up a special unit to find her. (AP Photo/Family Photo, File)

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