Last updated: 23 February, 2012

Marie Colvin murdered by Syrian forces, says her mother

Rosemarie Colvin, the mother of Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin who was killed in Syria, said Thursday that her daughter was “murdered” by the Syrian authorities.

“My daughter was murdered by these people,” Rosemarie Colvin said in an interview with CNN. “That’s what they’ve done.”

Marie Colvin and French freelance photojournalist Remi Ochlik were among dozens killed Wednesday when Syrian forces shelled the rebel city of Homs.

“I really thought she would get out,” Cat Colvin, Marie Colvin’s sister, told CNN. “She’s been in so many life-threatening situations and always gets out.

“Maybe not safely, but she makes it out,” Cat Colvin said. “And I was just so shocked that she didn’t this time.”

Rosemarie Colvin said she never tried to talk her daughter out of war reporting.

“She was always determined and very committed to what she was doing and it just wasn’t something that I would try to talk her out of or get involved with,” she said.

Cat Colvin said it was little solace that her sister died doing a job that she loved.

“I think that she probably felt that this is the way she would have wanted to go, doing what she believed in,” Cat Colvin said. “But it’s not a great comfort for us, I don’t think, at least for me. We’ve still lost her.”

“We never dwelled on (the danger) and always hoped it would end the way it usually did with her survival and even being injured,” Rosemarie Colvin said. “And now it didn’t happen and we’re going to miss her terribly.”

Born in the United States but based in London, Marie Colvin covered some of the world’s bloodiest conflicts over the past few decades.

In 2001 she suffered a shrapnel wound sustained from a grenade explosion covering the civil war in Sri Lanka, depriving her of sight in one eye.

The Sunday Times, the paper she had worked for for 25 years, put her final dispatch from the Babr Amr area of Homs outside its paywall so that everyone could read it.

“It is a city of the cold and hungry, echoing to exploding shells and bursts of gunfire,” Colvin wrote in the piece, originally published on Sunday. “On the lips of everyone was the question: ‘Why have we been abandoned by the world?'”