RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The University of Richmond has circulated two statements that the families of Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis asked to be released to the public Monday evening. Doyle and Lewis are UR athletics department employees who were among three people killed last Friday when a hot air balloon caught fire after hitting power lines in Caroline County. A public memorial will be held at the university on Wednesday.
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 fiancé Michael 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. We also 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."