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Mother Of Bombing Victim Feared For His Safety With AM-Nighclub Bomb

April 7, 1986

DETROIT (AP) _ The mother of a U.S. serviceman killed in the bombing of a Berlin nightclub said Sunday that she had feared for her son’s safety after recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth T. Ford, 21, of Detroit had been stationed in Berlin since September 1983 as a member of the 4th Battalion of the Berlin Brigade, said his mother, Alice Beecham of Detroit.

″I got very concerned about him, but he had his mind made up and he was doing what he wanted to do,″ she said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

The explosion at the discotheque early Saturday also killed Nermin Haney, 28, a Turkish woman. At least 63 of the 191 people injured in the blast were Americans, said Steve Stromvall, a spokesman for the U.S. Military in Berlin.

Ford was a 1982 graduate of Cooley High School in Detroit and joined the Army in September 1982. Mrs. Beecham described her son as a very religious man who made friends easily.

Ford had not returned home since he began his duty in Berlin, Mrs. Beecham said.

″He was supposed to come home for Easter, but he didn’t make it,″ she said.

West Berlin police have said they suspect leftist or foreign terrorists in the bombing at the La Belle discotheque.

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