Crash victim recalled as star athlete who loved life, hockey

The community of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota is mourning the loss of one of its own in the Feb. 12 plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y.

Madeline “Maddy” Linn Loftus of Parsippany, N.J., 24, who was a 2006 graduate of the university, perished along the other 48 passengers and crew onboard and one person on the ground. A marketing major, she was a star on the school’s women’s hockey team from 2004-06.

“Maddy was the first senior to graduate from my program. She will always hold a special place in my heart,” said Terry Mannor, St. Mary’s women’s hockey coach. She remembered Loftus as someone who was “full of life and compassion.”

While at the university, Loftus also was involved in launching an athletic council, which represents student athletes and is active in community service projects.

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