Alexander Pinczowski, killed last week in the Brussels terrorist attacks, and Cameron Cain were secretly married, her father said Wednesday.
Jim Cain, a former U.S. ambassador to Denmark who lives in Raleigh, confirmed his daughter and Pinczowski were married in October 2013 but kept it a secret while they planned a more traditional Southern wedding.
Pinczowski and his sister, Sascha, were Dutch nationals who lived in New York, and were killed when bombs exploded at the Brussels airport. There was another explosion at a Brussels subway station, and 31 people died and 270 were injured in the dual attacks.
Alexander Pinczowski, 29, initially was identified as Cameron’s fiancé during a search to find him and his sister. Jim Cain, 58, former president of the Carolina Hurricanes, said Cameron informed the families during the search that they had been married.
The two first met in Durham and planned to operate a small business in New York or Europe, Jim Cain said.
Cameron Cain, with the support of the Pinczowski and Cain families, has established a Space Camp scholarship fund in Alex’s memory.
Alexander was a “brilliant young man with an insatiable interest in space and NASA,” Jim Cain said. “He had a strong science background” and an interest in global affairs, the result of growing up around the world with his father’s career in the hotel industry. His goal had been to start a business with Cameron and eventually to pursue his doctorate in biology and study Russian so he could apply to become an astronaut.”
Children ages 9 to 18 are eligible to apply for scholarships to attend the program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Donations to the Alexander Pinczkowski Memorial Scholarship Fund can be made at rocketcenter.com/donate.