Obituaries

Nepal Plane Crash Kills Brooklyn Law Grad, Two Utah Law Firm Workers


A Brooklyn Law School graduate and two workers at a Utah law firm were among 14 people killed Tuesday when a plane destined for the area of Mount Everest crashed in Nepal.

The law grad was Irina Shekhets, the New York Daily News reports. She took the New Jersey bar exam in July and died on her 30th birthday. She had hoped to try mountain climbing before starting a new chapter in her life.

The law firm workers, 40-year-old Heather Finch and 49-year-old Leuzi Cardoso, worked at Howard, Lewis & Petersen in Provo, Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune and the Associated Press. Finch was the firm’s head paralegal and Cardoso was office manager. Law firm partner John Valentine told the Salt Lake Tribune that both women were long-time employees who spent weekends for two years climbing nearby mountains in preparation for the trip.

“This had been their life-long dream, of making a trek to the base camp of Mount Everest,” he told the newspaper. “This is a horrible tragedy for us all.”

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