Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis.
Here is how Wes opened the show today:
And the article Wes referenced during his opening by Vic Dorr of the RTD.
Doyle, Lewis families release statements about loved ones-richmondspiders.com
The families of Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis, who were killed in a balloon accident Friday, have asked us to release the following statements:
Statement from the family of Ginny Doyle
We are deeply saddened by the tragic events and the loss of Ginny. Words cannot express how we feel or our remorse. Ginny was a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, athlete, teammate, coach, teacher, colleague, friend and storyteller.
She was a formidable player who will always be remembered for her NCAA free-throw shooting record, which led to national recognition and her nickname "Deadeye Doyle.” She was an accomplished coach, dedicated to women's basketball and her life with the University of Richmond Spiders. She touched the lives of many and lived life to the fullest. She will be greatly missed and holds a special place in all our hearts.
Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are extended to the Lewis Family and her fiancé on the loss of Natalie, Ginny's colleague and best friend.
Statement from the family of Natalie Lewis
We are saddened by the loss of our Natalie. Natalie was devoted to her faith, her family and her fiancéMichael Dougher. She was our thoughtful, affectionate, beautiful daughter and sister. She was most excited to share her future loving Michael.
Natalie loved people. She was our constant source of happiness and joy. She used genuine words and selfless actions to gently help others be more successful and more fulfilled.
Natalie was proud of her hometown of Buffalo and loyal to the University of Richmond. She was the consummate classmate, teammate, leader, teacher, co-worker and dearest friend.
We would like to thank you for your support, prayers and love during this difficult time. Wealso would like to thank the Virginia State Police and the University of Richmond for their assistance and support in Richmond.
Her laugh, her hugs and her smile were timeless. She inspired all of us to be better people and that will never fade. Natalie’s spirit will surely endure in each of us.