Lipa On Tragic Passing of Fellow Student: “A Part Was Taken from Me”


Daniella MoffsonLipa Schmeltzer ‏shared the following with Matzav based on thoughts he related on his Twitter account following the tragic passing of 21-year-old Daniella Moffson (pictured at right in the adjacent photo, along with Lipa), a frum Columbia University student from the Upper East Side, who was killed in a bus accident in Honduras along with two other students.

The levaya was held this morning at the Upper East Side’s Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun.

Daniella 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, her mother, Sheera, her sister, Raquel, and brother, her Alex.

Olivia Varley Erhardt, 20, and student/Columbia medical center nurse practitioner Abigail Flanagan, 45, were also 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. Daniella and her companions were on their way to the airport when the accident took place.

“I feel like a part was taken from me,” said Lipa. “I always wondered if I’m part of the student body, it’s a shame I find out that I am; in such a tragic way.

“We went to entertain cancer patients together. This can’t be true but it is. I should have written words of strength but need some my self.

“Daniella Moffson, Olivia Erhardt and Abigail Flanagan – all three are very special. Happens to be I knew Daniella Moffson more personally.

“Tears are running down my cheeks. This is crazy. Three students at my school went on a volunteer trip and are tragically not with us anymore.”

Umachah Hashem dimcha me’al kol ponim.

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