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Volleyball club honors Jennifer Riordan with ribbons at tournament

Kai Porter
April 21, 2018 05:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An Albuquerque volleyball club is paying tribute to Jennifer Riordan, the woman who was killed Tuesday after an engine on the Southwest flight she was on exploded. 

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During this weekend's volleyball tournament at the Albuquerque Rebels Volleyball Club, Riordan would have likely been in the stands, cheering on her daughter with the other parents.

Instead, players, parents and coaches wore colorful ribbons and pins with her picture to keep her memory alive.

They also observed a moment of silence before each match.

"She was always the biggest cheerleader for the teams," said Senobia Szuch, the club’s manager.

Szuch said the parents helped make the hundreds of ribbons for players to wear during this weekend's tournament.

"She was the kind of person everyone should strive to be," she added. "She was a giver. She was kind."

Those are just some of the many words that have been used to describe a woman whose loved ones say was so full of life and love.

A memorial table at the tournament displayed Riordan’s picture, along with letters and her motto: "Always be kind, loving, caring and sharing."

"To lose her, it's a big loss. Not only for our community (and) for our club, but for the state of New Mexico," said Barbara Garcia, the club manager’s assistant.

You can drop off letters of support or donations which will be delivered to Riordan’s family at the Albuquerque Rebels Volleyball Club, located at 8500 Washington St. NE B6.

 

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