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Wisconsin grad student burned, 5 family members killed

MADISON (AP) -- A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student was seriously burned in an attack in Puerto Rico that killed five family members. Police in Florida, Puerto Rico say 24-year-old Patricia Sanchez Vazquez suffered burns New Year's...

MADISON (AP) -- A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student was seriously burned in an attack in Puerto Rico that killed five family members.

Police in Florida, Puerto Rico say 24-year-old Patricia Sanchez Vazquez suffered burns New Year's Day. Authorities say the student's uncle set fire to a room with a blowtorch during a family gathering.

Vazquez lost her brother, his fiancée, her sister, her grandmother and a cousin in the attack last weekend. Local police say her uncle doused his parents' house with gasoline, poured kerosene on the group as they sat down to eat and set them on fire. Three other family members were injured.

The State Journal says family members have not speculated on a motive. UW-Madison says Vazquez was a doctoral candidate in the Department of Bacteriology.

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