02/06/2013 12:32 pm ET

Women Can And Should Travel Alone

Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old photographer and mother from New York City, was killed by a blunt trauma wound to the head while traveling alone in Turkey last month. Her family hadn't heard from her since the day before she was supposed to fly home from the two-week vacation, her first ever overseas trip. Sierra hadn't planned to go to Turkey alone, but, according to NBC, she flew solo because a friend dropped out of the trip and she wanted to pursue her photography hobby.

The details surrounding her death are still unclear, but police detained a man last week who exchanged messages with Sierra online about meeting with her on a bridge in Istanbul that she wanted to photograph — a bridge that's also a short distance from where Sierra's body was found.

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