A native of Ethiopia who was raised in Saudi Arabia, Yeneneh Betru, age 35, came to the United States as a young man for an education. He got one, at a boarding school in Colorado and then Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He wanted to be a physician. He became one, earning his medical degree at the University of Michigan.
"Ever since he was a little kid, he always wanted to be a doctor," said one of his brothers, Sirak Betru. "He always wanted to help people."
He lived in Burbank and was Director of Medical Affairs for IPC, a North Hollywood-based company that manages hospital services.
For him, Flight 77 was a connecting flight. He'd been in Ethiopia. "He said he had met a girl back there, someone he was serious about," his brother Sirak said. "He was going to tell me about it. But I didn't get a chance to talk to him."
He's survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
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