UPDATE: The NTSB says that flight data shows the crew of Continental Flight 3407 discussed 'significant ice buildup' on wings before deadly NY crash.
We are releasing the names of passengers as they become available. Victims names are listed in order of most recent update. If you know the name of a loved one whose name does not appear below or have information to elaborate upon their biography, please call us at 716-849-2200
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List of victims:
- Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John J. Fiore (59), of Grand Island, originally from Niagara Falls. He served in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine, and later became an air transportation manager with the 914th Mission Support Group, based at Niagara Falls Air Force Base. He was an active volunteer with the John J. Welch American Legion Post 381 and several other area veterans organizations. A friend told The Buffalo News he was returning home from vacation.
- Nicole Korczykowski, (28), worked for Barclays Financial in New York City. She had recently been named director. She was returning home to Eden to visit her family over the holiday weekend. She was a graduate of Nichols and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where she received a dual degree. According to her family, she loved world-traveling and even toured Asia's Golden Triangle by herself.
- Johnathan Perry (27), of New York City was a director at New York City investment management firm W.P. Carey & Co. He was a licensed broker, a member of the Urban Land Institute and held an economics degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Friends say he and his girlfriend, Nicole Korczykowski, had been dating for several years.
- Brian Kuklewicz was a manufacturing engineer employed at Burns Cascade in Lancaster. He grew up on the east side of Buffalo and graduated from Seneca Vocational High School, where he was class valedictorian. His twin sons - Nicholas and Jacob - turned nine years old six days after the crash.
- Dawn Monachino
- Julie M. Ries (49)
- Kristin Safran
- Ernest W. West (54), of Clarence, was a deputy director for business development at Northrop Grumman. He frequently made international business trips as part of his job. The Buffalo News reports that he worked for 22 years as a marketing manager and systems manager for Sierra Research Corp. Before that, he was an electronic warfare and ground-directed bombing specialist for the Air Force. He loved swimming, grilling and landscaping his yard. He leaves behind a wife, Jennifer, and two-year-old daughter, Summer.
- Shibin Yao (b. 1971), of New York City, was a manager in the financial services advisory practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers. She went by "Grace". Yao began working for the company in Beijing in 2004 before joining the firm's New York City office in 2007. Yao leaves behind a husband, Xiaojun Pan, and a son. She was on Flight 3407 for a business trip.
- George Abu Karem (27)
- Kevin Johnston (52), of East Amherst, was the director of health, safety and environment at Henkel Corp.'s Buffalo office. He lives behind a wife and three daughters. He is a former president of the Western New York Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He is also a former corporate manager of industrial hygiene at Pratt & Lambert. He had been in New Jersey on a business trip.
- Jennifer E. Neill (34), was a Clarence native. She attended Clarence Central High School, where she was First Chair Flautist in the band and also played softball and basketball. She held an Associate's degree in Physical Therapy from SUNY Geneseo and a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from the University at Buffalo. She worked in the physical therapy department at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. She and her fiance, Todd Eacker, were expecting their first child, a son.
- Beth Kushner (19) of Angola, graduate of Eden Junior/Senior High Schools. She is survived by her parents, brother Joe, and sister Megan. She attended Buffalo State and Keuka colleges and was just returning from several weeks spent in California.
- David M. Borner (49) of Pendleton, was an employee of Kraft Foods who was in New Jersey for a business trip. He had originally planned to drive there and back, but decided to fly so that he would return home in time for a Florida cruise with his family. He is survived by his wife and three children.
- Ronald Gonzalez (44) of New Brunswick, NJ. He was the director of New Brunswick's Youth Services Program. A native of Buffalo, he was formerly the director of Alianza Latina, a health outreach group focusing on AIDS/HIV within Buffalo's Latino community. He was flying home to visit his family.
- Clay Yarber (62) of Riverside, California, who was visiting a friend and his son Christopher in Buffalo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps., had served two tours of duty in Vietnam and earned two Purple Heart medals. He lived in St. Petersburg, FL for 30 years, where he played guitar with several local bands.
- Brad Green Sr. (53) of East Amherst, NY was a salesman for Kraft Foods. Former neighbors describe him as someone who would often help with with projects around their houses. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and two children, Jennifer and Brad Jr.
- Mary Pettys (50) of West Seneca, NY. She is survived by her father, fiance, brothers and sisters, and numerous other family members and friends. She worked for Blue Cross of Western New York for 26 years. She was a manager of project management at Trizetto and a registration coordinator for the Buffalo chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
- Lorin Maurer (30) of Princeton, NJ, worked in development office at Princeton University. She was flying to Buffalo to attend her boyfriend's brother's wedding.
- Jean Srnecz (59), Senior Vice-President of Merchandising for multi-media publisher Baker & Taylor, and a graduate of D'Youville College in Buffalo.
- Jerome Krasuski (53), of Cheektowaga, employed with defense contractor Northrop Grumman. He was returning home from a one-day business trip with three other colleagues. Family members say he was a skilled woodworker who loved building furniture and a devoted family man who helped care for his elderly mother. He is survived by his wife of 29 years - Justine - daughter Stacy and numerous other family members.
- Darren Tolsma (45), was a 25-year employee of Northrop Grumman. He is remembered as a devoted family man and father. He leaves behind a wife, Robin, son Darren Jr. and daughter Nikki.
- Ronald Davidson (66) and Linda Davidson (61) of Westfield, NY. She worked for years as a nurse at Westfield Memorial Hospital's cardiac and physical rehabilitation clinic. He was a very active volunteer at the Westfield Community Soup Kitchen. Both were lifelong residents of Westfield, NY.
Shawn Mossop (12), his parents Dawn (48) and Donald (42) Mossop of Bloomfield, NJ. and Dawn's sister Ferris (44) Reid. Donald was a repair technician at Xerox. Dawn was a senior administrative assistant at Schering-Plough pharmaceutical company. Reid was a traveling nurse who lived with her sister and brother-in-law. Shawn was in the sixth grade. They enjoyed traveling together and had planned to drive from Buffalo to Toronto to visit family.
- Two members of the Chuck Mangione Band: Gerry Niewood (64) and Coleman Mellett (34) of East Brunswick, NJ. According to his MySpace page, Niewood was a graduate of the Eastman School of Music who played saxophone, flute, piccolo an clarinet. He lent his musical talents many famous artists, including Chuck Mangione, Simon and Garfunkel, Sinead O'Connor and Anne Murray. Mellett's MySpace page indicates he grew up in Washington, DC. He had been a guitarist in the Chuck Mangione Band since 1999. He attended the jazz programs at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and William Paterson University in New York City before earning his Master in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 1998.
- Pilot, Capt. Marvin Dean Renslow (47) of Lutz, Florida. He joined Colgan Air in September 2005 and had flown 3,379 hours with the carrier. He was married with two children.
- First flight officer Rebecca Lynne Shaw (24), Maple Valley, Washington. She joined Colgan just over one year ago, in January 2008, and had flown 2,244 hours with the carrier. According to an Associated Press report, she graduated from Tahoma High School in Covington, WA in 2002. A district spokesman says she was active in volleyball, softball and student leadership. She attended college at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. She graduated in 2007 with a major in flight technology and a minor in philosophy. She worked briefly as a flight instructor in Mesa before going to work for Colgan. She is survived by numerous family members and her husband, Troy.
- Flight attendant Matilda Quintero (57) of Woodbridge, NJ. According to a report in Rochester NY's Democrat and Chronicle, she joined Colgan less than one year ago, in May 2008. She is survived by a brother (Sal Poidomani), two daughters (Catherine Steers and Cecilia Quintero), a boyfriend (Jim Ferris) and numerous family and friends. Her family says she was passionate about traveling, cooking, and entertaining. She was a breast cancer survivor.
- Flight attendant Donna Prisco (52) of Randolph, NJ. She also started with Colgan in May 2008. Her sister told The Buffalo News she had been a stay-at-home mother of four for 27 years before fulfilling her dream of becoming a flight attendant. Her daughter, Ashley, also works for Colgan.
- Capt. Joseph Zuffoletto (27), off-duty crew member from Jamestown. He was a licensed commerical pilot and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He joined Colgan Air in September 2005 and had recently been promoted to captain.
- Beverly Eckert (57), a 9/11 and former Amherst resident. She became a tireless advocate for 9/11 victims after her husband, Sean Rooney, was killed in the Twin Towers. She was a founding member of the activist group, Voices of September 11. She and three dozen other 9/11 family members had just met with President Obama last week. She was on her way back to Buffalo to mark her husband's birthday by awarding an annual scholarship in his name at Canisius High School. She graduated from Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart in 1969, where she was to be honored this May with the 2009 Distinguished Alumnae Award. After graduating from Buffalo State College, she went on to become a Vice-President at General Re, a Fortune 500/Berkshire Hathaway Company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.
- Alison Des Forges (66), former professor from the University at Buffalo, historian and activist. She is best known for her work in trying to call attention to genocide, kidnappings and civil rights violations in Rwanda in the early 1990s. She was a senior adviser to the New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch's Africa division for more than 20 years. She is survived by her husband, who is also a University at Buffalo professor.
- Ellyce Kausner (24), graduate of Canisius College and Clarence High School. She was in her second year at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville.
- Madeline "Maddy" Loftus (24) a former Buffalo State College student who lives in New Jersey. She was headed home to play with her former teammates in the Buffalo State Women's Hockey Annual Alumni Game.
- Susan Wehle (55), cantor at Temple Beth Am, Amherst. According to her biography on Temple Beth Am's website, she was a Cantorial Soloist at Temple Sinai in Amherst, NY for nine-and-a-half years before joining Temple Beth Am in 2002. She held a Cantorial Smicha from Aleph - the Movement for Jewish Renewal, a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Judaic Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.
- Don McDonald (48) of Fort Erie, ON and a technical manager at Pharmetics, Inc. He had been in New Jersey on a business trip.
- Zhaofang Guo (55) of Amherst, a Ford Employee. He was married to Ping Wang, a researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The couple has a 15-year-old son, Kevin. Neighbors remember Guo as a friendly family man who enjoyed working on his home and garden. He held a Master's degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University.
- John G. Roberts III (48) formerly of Lewiston, was returning to Western New York from his current home in India to visit family.
**Douglas Wielinski (61) of Clarence Center, NY was not a passenger but was killed when Flight 3407 crashed into his house. He retired from Henkel Corp. in 2003.
Concerned family members should call Continental Airlines at 1-800-621-3263.
Residents in Clarence should call (716) 741-8930.
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"Continental extends its deepest sympathy to the family members and loved ones of those involved in this accident," said Larry Kellner, chairman and CEO of Continental Airlines. "We are providing our full assistance to Colgan Air so that together we can provide as much support as possible for all concerned. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family members and loved ones of those involved in the flight 3407 tragedy."
People living in Clarence who are unable to get to their homes or who have been evacuated should call the Clarence Senior Center at 633-5138.
The Cheektowaga Senior Center has also opened its doors for family members of the victims, offering grief counseling. If you have any questions call the Senior Center at 686-3930.
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