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Sacred Heart parishioners killed in French Alps plane crash

by Katie Scott  |  published on March 26, 2015


Yvonne Selke and her daughter, Emily, parishioners of Sacred Heart Church in Manassas, were two of the three Americans killed in the Airbus jet that crashed March 24 in the French Alps. The identity of the third American has not yet been released.

Raymond Selke of Nokesville confirmed his wife and daughter were among the 150 people who died on the Germanwings flight from Spain to Germany.

“They will obviously be very missed,” said Raymond in a brief phone interview March 25. “There is a huge gap, a huge hole that will be difficult to fill.”

Too devastated to provide additional information, the family released a statement Wednesday.

“Our entire family is deeply saddened by the losses of Yvonne and Emily Selke, two wonderful, caring, amazing people who meant so much to so many,” it said. “At this difficult time we respectfully ask for privacy and your prayers.”

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