The Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps has claimed the lives of at least two Americans. Yvonne Selke, a Pentagon contractor, and her daughter, Emily Selke, were among the dead. The women are from Nokesville, Virginia.
Yvonne Selke is employed by Booz Allen Hamilton, Incorporated. Emily Selke is a recent graduate from Drexel University in Pennsylvania. Selke reportedly worked in conjunction with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a satellite mapping office at the Pentagon. Yvonne Selke was described by co-workers as kind and a diligent worker who often brought cookies to share with her fellow staffers.
Raymond Selke, Yvonne Selke’s husband, confirmed on this afternoon that both his wife and daughter were on the Germanwings plane that crashed on Tuesday. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Germanwings plane was flying from Spain to Germany when it crashed and killed 150 people.
During an interview with the Washington Post, Raymond Selke said he was simply too distraught to discuss the tragic loss of his wife and daughter.
A statement released by the Selke family after the Germanwings crash, read as follows.
“Our entire family is deeply saddened by the losses of Yvonne and Emily Selke. 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 was reportedly the vice president of the Gamma Sigma Sigma Zeta chapter of the sorority at Drexel University.
The Drexel University sorority posted this memorial message on Facebook after learning that Emily Selke was among the Germanwings American victims.
“[Emily Selke] She embodied the spirit of Gamma Sigma Sigma. As a person and friend, Emily always put others before herself and cared deeply for all those in her life. Emily will be greatly missed by her fellow sisters of Zeta. Please keep Emily, her mother and their family in your thoughts and prayers during this heartbreaking time.”
According to a release from the Pennsylvania university, Emily Selke was a music major at the Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
A third Germanwings American plane crash victim has not yet been identified publicly.
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