President Barack Obama shared kind words of Beverly Eckert, one of the victims aboard the Continental Express flight 3407 which crashed Thursday night, who was also the widow of Sean Rooney who died in the 9/11 attacks.
Eckert, 57, was among the 50 people killed when a commuter plane crashed outside Buffalo, N.Y. She was on her way to present a scholarship in her husband's honor to a student at Canisius High School.
She had met with President Obama last week to discuss anti-terror measures and about how the new administration could deal with those suspected of terrorism.
(Eckert) was an inspiration to me and to so many others, and I pray that her family finds peace and comfort in the hard days ahead, Obama said after hearing the news, according to the Associated Press.
Tragic events such as these remind us of the fragility of life and the value of every single day.
One person who understood that well was Beverly Eckert, who was on that flight and who I met with just a few days ago. You see, Beverly lost her husband on 9/11 and became a tireless advocate for those families whose lives were forever changed on that September day, he said.
I pray that her family finds peace and comfort in the hard days ahead, the president added.
Eckert served as co-chair of the family advocacy group Voices of September 11th, a coalition she formed after the death of her husband.
Sean Rooney, her husband, worked at Aon Corp., a risk management firm, on the 98th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower.