Balloon crash looms over U. of Richmond graduation


Associated Press
DOSWELL, Va. (AP) – The University of Richmond community prepares for graduation with heavy hearts after two athletic staff members were aboard a hot air balloon in a fiery crash in Virginia.

Undergraduate commencement was scheduled for the afternoon. Meanwhile, investigators were planning to resume their efforts to scour the woods and fields surrounding the site of Friday’s balloon crash for the remains of the third person aboard the balloon. Two bodies have already been found.

University administrators said in a news release that associate head coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were two of the three people aboard the balloon that crashed Friday night. Investigators haven’t said which bodies were found.

Athletic director Keith Gill says words can’t express the community’s sorrow.

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