A missile shot down the plane on July 17 in Eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew.
Here’s what you should know about the American onboard.
1. He Was Born in New York City
Quinn Lucas Schansman had both U.S. and Dutch citizenship. He was born in New York City but spent most of his life living in the Netherlands.
A friend of Schansman’s, Fabienne Schriek, told NBC News:
He was kind. He stuck up for you and made you laugh when he saw there was something wrong.
He was … kind of sensitive and caring. He had a lot of friends and everybody seem[ed] to like him. If there was a fight in class he could cool everyone down again, made a joke and it was like it never happened. He was really down to earth and just [a] fun guy to have around.
We are devastated.
2. Schansman’s Family Were Already on Vacation in Malaysia
According to reports in the Netherlands, Schansman was on his way to Malaysia to meet up with family members who were already on vacation.
He’s survived by his girlfriend, Floor van Dranen, mother, Katja Teunissen, father, Thomas Schansman, and sister, Nerissa Schansman. Just hours after Schansman died, Floor van Dranen changed her Facebook cover image to the above picture. The couple have been together since September 2013.
3. His Father Lives in Menlo Park, California
CBS San Francisco reports that Schansman’s father, Thomas, is a resident of Menlo Park in the Bay Area. Thomas Schansman is an executive with European banking giant Rabobank. At one point, Schansman lived in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
4. He Was a Minor League Soccer Player
He was also a former player with the team Olympia ’25 in the Netherlands. The team paid tribute to him on their official website. The tribute mentions that Schansman’s brother will play for the team next season.
Schansman’s Facebook and Instagram pages paint the picture of a fun-loving guy who in March 2012 posted on social media: “First day worked in my life…Was better than I expected.”
5. So Far, Schansman Is the Only Named American Who Was on MH17
Although it had initially been reported that there were 23 Americans onboard the plane, that number appears to have been incorrect based on the latest passenger information. President Obama told the media:
At this point, the individual that I mentioned in the sole person that we can definitively say is a U.S. or dual citizen. At this point, having worked through the list, this is our best assessment of the number of Americans that were killed.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 18, 2014
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