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13-year-old girl and her father killed in Mumbai

Two Americans were killed in Mumbai while on a meditation retreat with a Virginia ashram, The New York Times reported.

Alan Scherr, 58, and his daughter Naomi Scherr, 13, were having dinner in a hotel cafe when gunmen arrived. Most of the group of 25 people visiting India with the ashram were in their hotel rooms while the hotel was under siege.

The Washington Post reported that Alan Scherr committed his life to meditation and spirituality and moved his family to Faber, Va., to join the Synchronicity spiritual community.

Alan Scherr wrote in 1994 that he and his wife joined the community to live a holistic life that incorporates high-tech meditation.