Rachel Jacobs, CEO of an education tech company, was among the seven people killed when an Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia Tuesday night.
Jacobs, 39, one of the Jewish passengers on the New York-bound train, was missing and declared dead Wednesday. She was CEO of ApprenNet, an education technology company based in Philadelphia.
Jacobs, a mother of one whose mother, Gilda Jacobs, is a former Michigan state senator, was missing much of Wednesday, but her family confirmed that she was among the seven killed in the accident.
“This is an unthinkable tragedy,” her family said in a statement published by the Washington Post. “Rachel was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend.She was devoted to her family, her community and the pursuit of social justice. We cannot imagine life without her. We respectfully ask for privacy so that we can begin the process of grieving.”