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Richmond loses two coaches in hot air balloon crash

Two members of the University of Richmond women's basketball family passed away in a hot air balloon accident on Friday north of Richmond.

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Statement from the families of Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis

"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. We are saddened by the loss of our Natalie. Natalie was devoted to her faith, her family and her fiancéMichael 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."

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Update: Statement from Richmond president and director of athletics on today's tragedy

"As alumnae, classmates, and colleagues – and as invaluable and devoted mentors for our student-athletes – Ginny and Natalie have been beloved members of our community," said President Edward L. Ayers. "Their leadership and friendship will endure in the lives of so many." "Words cannot begin to express our sorrow," said Keith Gill, director of athletics. "We are all stunned by the tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their loved ones."

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Two Richmond basketball staff members feared dead

Two Richmond Spiders women's basketball coaches are believed to have been among the three people in a hot-air balloon crash in Doswell, Virginia Friday. There was also a third person on the balloon, who has not yet been found.

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Richmond loses two staff in hot-air balloon crash

Two members of the Richmond women's basketball family passed away in an accident on Friday.

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