Only American identified as victim in Ukraine plane crash lived in New Jersey as child

The Associated Press
July 18, 2014 07:48 PM

Flowers are arranged in a makeshift memorial during a vigil for victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Friday, July 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Malaysia Airlines jetliner was carrying 298 people when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

TRENTON, N.J. - The only American identified as a victim of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine lived in New Jersey as a child and returned to the Netherlands when he was 5.

Nineteen-year-old Quinn Lucas Schansman had duel Dutch-American citizenship.

His grandfather, Ronald Schansman, tells NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1wGsIDs ) his grandson was "a big boy, very lively, and we'll all miss him." The grandfather is visiting a relative in New Jersey, where he learned of the boy's death. The newspaper says the teen's family had lived in Fort Lee, New Jersey before returning to Holland.

Schansman tells Philadelphia's WCAU-TV (http://bit.ly/1ldSjyq ) his grandson was on his way to Bali for a family vacation.


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