American Quinn Schansman among dead in Malaysia crash

American Quinn Schansman among dead in Malaysia crash

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American Quinn Schansman among dead in Malaysia crash

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by Mary Beth Marklein and Rachel Chason, USA TODAY

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 3:49 PM

(USA TODAY) -- President Obama announced Friday that an American was among the dead in the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash in Ukraine.

Quinn Lucas Schansman was a dual citizen of the United States and The Netherlands, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Twitter.

Photos on social-media accounts show a fun-loving college student who enjoyed hanging out with friends, had a girlfriend and liked to relax with a beer or a smoke, especially after exams. Some news reports say he was 19 when he died.

Schansman was on his way to meet family members who were vacationing in Malaysia when his plane was hit by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile, the Daily Mail reported.

Schansman's father, Thomas, has been a resident of Menlo Park in the San Francisco Bay area.

Thomas Schansman, 54, worked in San Mateo, Calif., and New York City as an account executive for the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, a Dutch government bureau that helps foreign companies get established in Holland, public records show. According to Linked In, he changed jobs in November, to Siemens.

The location of his Twitter account, which he last posted on July 11, is Hilversum, which is north of Utrecht.

Schansman's mother, Katja Teunissen, live in Amersterdam, Quinn Schansman's Facebook account says. A sister, Nerissa Schansman, lives in Leiden, Netherlands, and an aunt, Sissi Teunissen, lives in Amsterdam.

According to a Facebook account, Quinn Schansman studied at the International Business School at Hogeschool van Amsterdam, and had moved there in April. He was in a relationship with Floor van Dranen, whose Facebook account began to fill up with posts offering condolences.

He was a fan of Amsterdam soccer team Ajax, according to the Facebook profile. He also was a former player with the team Olympia '25 in the Netherlands, the team paid tribute to him on their official website. The tribute notes that Schansman's brother will play for the team next season.

Contributing: Laura Mandaro
 

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