Salem woman had met 1 victim from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
Lange, a former president of the International AIDS Society, was among the 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed Thursday in Ukraine.
D'Allesandro previously had attended the International AIDS Conference, where Lange and several other delegates on board Flight 17 were heading; this year's conference is in Melbourne, Australia.
D'Allesandro, the daughter of state Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, grew up in Manchester and attended Manchester West High School and the University of New Hampshire. She earned a graduate degree in population and health policy at London School of Economics and lived and worked in England for six years before returning to New Hampshire.
Like so many around the world, she began checking on social media to make sure her friends were all OK, including a close friend who is Dutch, the nationality of many who died on Flight 17. Her friends were alive, but grieving the loss of their colleagues.
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