Levayah to be Held for Jewish Girl Killed in Honduras Bus Accident


candleThe levaya for 21 year old Daniella Moffson, an Orthodox Columbia University student from the Upper East Side killed in a bus accident in Honduras, will be held 10 a.m. Friday, at the Upper East Side’s Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun.

Moffson was in Honduras with Columbia’s Medical Brigade program, a program of Global Brigades, a health and international development organization.

She is survived by her father, Michael, mother, Sheera, a sister, Raquel, and brother, Alex.

“She was a very special person. Sweet. She wanted to help,” Rabbi Elie Weinstock, leader of Kehilath Jeshurun (the synagogue Moffson attended) said.

“She had a..spiritual refinement that stood out.”

In addition to Moffson, her friends Olivia Varley Erhardt, 20, and student/Columbia medical center nurse practitioner Abigail Flanagan, 45, were killed when the bus they were traveling on veered off the road and plunged 260 feet into a ravine east of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Moffson and her companions were on their way to the airport when the accident took place.

“We loved her dearly, I still can’t believe it happened,” Erhardt’s grandmother Martha Erhardt said. “I’m still in a little bit of denial. I keep thinking it must be a mistake.”

“This terrible and tragic loss is all the greater because these individuals were dedicating their passion and their very special talents to serving those in need,” Lee Bollinger, the president of Columbia University, said.