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Burglars break into home

July 28, 1996
Web posted at: 4:45 p.m. EDT

ATLANTA (CNN) -- The woman killed by the pipe bomb blast early Saturday in Centennial Olympic Park had come to participate in the Olympic Games from a rural city three hours south of Atlanta.

Alice Hawthorne, a 44-year-old Albany, Georgia, woman, was visiting the park as a tourist when she suffered fatal injuries from the explosion. Her 14-year-old daughter, Fallon Stubbs, was listed in stable condition Saturday in Atlanta's Georgia Baptist Hospital.

The family received more disheartening news Sunday. Hawthorne's home was broken into while her husband was in Atlanta making funeral arrangements. The assailants smashed a window to get inside and then allegedly stole the family's television and video recorder.

Hawthorne's family asked for restraint from the media.

"As we are trying to cope with the loss of our loved one, this is a very difficult thing to do, please understand and honor our request to handle our grief in privacy at this time," a written statement from the family said. "Thank you for your cooperation."

"Fallon is recovering very well from her injuries and surgery, and should be released within the next 24 to 48 hours," the family said. "We appreciate all the prayers, calls and love shown by everyone."


Fallon, who celebrated her birthday Wednesday, underwent surgery to remove metal fragments from her arm and leg. Her doctor said she should completely recover.

Hawthorne, who worked as a cable television company receptionist in Albany, died at the scene of the explosion.

A Turkish television cameraman, Melih Uzunyol, died of a heart attack while running to film the aftermath of the explosion.

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