3 Americans Were Killed in French Alps Plane Crash

Including a mother and daughter from Virginia
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2015 2:44 PM CDT
3 Americans Were Killed in French Alps Plane Crash
Rescue workers examine debris at the plane crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France.   (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

At least three Americans were aboard the passenger jet that crashed in the French Alps yesterday, including a mother and daughter from Virginia. Those two have been identified as Yvonne Selke, a veteran government contractor who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in DC, and daughter Emily, a 2013 graduate of Drexel University. The third American killed has not been identified yet, reports NBC News. The Selkes are from Nokesville, Va., where Raymond Selke, husband and father to the victims, was too distraught to speak with the Washington Post.

"Our entire family is deeply saddened by the losses of Yvonne and Emily Selke," the family said in a statement released later. "Two wonderful, caring, amazing people who meant so much to so many. At this difficult time we respectfully ask for privacy and your prayers." Emily Selke's sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma, posted a note on Facebook saying she "always put others before herself" and will be "greatly missed." She was working for Carr Workplaces of Alexandria, Va., reports AP. Her mother was working with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon's satellite mapping office, (More Germanwings crash stories.)

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