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Staten Island woman killed in Turkey is buried

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

Turkey's state-run agency said police briefly took the two brothers and a sister of the possible suspect into custody in the northern city of Karabuk. They were released after being questioned about their brother's whereabouts. The Anadolu agency says their DNA samples were taken.

Police in Karabuk refused to comment.

Turkish news reports say police want to question a scrap paper collector who used to hang around Istanbul's ancient city walls, where Sierra's body was found on Feb. 2, 12 days after she disappeared. Authorities say she was killed by a fatal blow to the head.

Sierra had traveled to Turkey to explore her photography hobby. She went alone after a friend who was supposed to join her canceled for financial reasons.

That friend was among about 200 mourners who attended Sierra's funeral at Christian Pentecostal Church on Staten Island Friday morning.

In a service that featured several personal tributes, her husband, siblings and friends made clear they found solace in their faith.

"My mind is at peace," said her husband, Steven Diaz-Sierra. "I have many questions for the Lord, but despite how tragically this came about, I know in my heart that my wife was in his presence."

Sierra was a member of the church's congregation since she was a child, and was married there in 1998.

Speaking directly to Sierra's sons -- Silas, 9, and Sion, 11 -- the Rev. John Rocco Carlo said: "As we grow older, we become our parents. We look like them, we act like them. We talk and walk like them.

"So when you miss your mom, look in the mirror. She's part of you."

After the service, Sierra was buried in a cemetery just steps away from the apartment building where she lived with her husband and children.

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