Yvonne Selke has been named as one of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps on March 24. Selke was identified by her husband Raymond as having been killed in the tragedy along with her daughter, Emily. There was a third American on board the flight who has yet to be identified.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Selke’s Family Called Her ‘Wonderful’ & ‘Caring’
She perished in the crash along with her daughter, Emily, reports the Washington Post. In an official statement, the Selke family said, “Our entire fmaily is deeply saddened by the losses of Yvonne and Emily, two wonderful, caring, amazing people.”
2. Yvonne Selke Was Working on a $315 Million Project for the Pentagon
The Associated Press reports that Selke was a “longtime and highly regards employee” of Booz Allen Hamilton, the strategy and technology consulting firm. The AP says that she worked on the company’s contract with the National Geospaital-Intelligence Agency in the Pentagon. According to a March 2013 press release from Booz Hamilton, the firm had a $315 million contract with the Department of Defense. In a brief statement upon learning of her passing, Booz Hamilton said she worked with the company for 23 years.
3. She Competed in Marathons
Both Yvonne and her daughter Emily competed in the Manassas Runway Runs marathon in 2014. Yvonne finished in 292nd place with her daughter placing slightly better at 278. A November 2014 listing for a separate race gives Yvonne Selke’s age at 57.
4. Selkes Had a Bachelors Degree in Biology
According to Class Quest, she graduated from Springfield Senior High School in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, in 1975. Her maiden name was Ciarlo. She graduated from Gannon University in 1979 and has been named by the school as a consistent contributor. While there she was a member of the club Beta Beta Beta or Tri-Beta and graduated with a bachelors in biology, according to the 1979 yearbook from Gannon.
5. People From 15 Different Countries Died on the Germanwings Flight
The nationality’s of victims in the Germanwings flight have ranged from primarily German and Spanish, to English, Australians, and Colombians. The mystery of the Germanwings crash is still unsolved. The retrieval of the aircraft’s black box recorders should provide some clues as to how this tragedy occurred, reports NBC.