"It really was a tremendous shock. You just can't imagine somebody going on holiday to have a great time being killed in such a way. It's so hard to fathom that somebody from your own community is taken away like this. I am struggling to put it into words."
Mr Vanderjeugd expressed his condolences to the family adding he was now doing everything to help in the repatriation of the woman's body. The speed of the repatriation will depend on the enquiry in the US. The woman's two sisters and her mother, who were with her at the time, escaped without injury.
Belgian foreign minister Reynders, who is in New York for talks at the UN and with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson, says the Belgian consul-general is supporting the family.