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Crash victims remembered as loyal crew, active community members

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(MyFoxBoston.com / AP) -- Seven people died Saturday night after a small, private plane crashed and erupted into flames at Hanscom Field airport in Bedford.

There were four passengers aboard the plane when it crashed. There were also three crew members – two pilots and one cabin attendant. On Monday, the Middlesex District Attorney's office identified all victims after the state medical examiner's office performed autopsies on the bodies.

Below is a short biography of each of the victims. Check back for more information as it is updated.

Lewis Katz
Lewis Katz was co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News, and Philly.com. According to the Inquirer, the Camden, N.J. native made his fortune by investing in Kinney Parking and the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network. Katz once owned both the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils.

Anne Leeds
The wife of Longport, NJ commissioner James P. Leeds was also on the plane at the time of the crash. Leeds said he received a text from his wife just four minutes before the crash saying they were about to take off. The 74-year-old was invited to attend a fundraiser at the Concord home of Doris Kearns Goodwin with Katz. Leeds, a retired preschool teacher, was Katz's neighbor.

Marcella Dalsey
Marcella Dalsey was the Executive Director of The Drew A. Katz Foundation and President of KATZ Academy Charter School. A mother of four children, Dalsey, 59, was also involved in multiple charitable organizations, including the Food Bank of South Jersey, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County and the Camden Charter School Network.

Susan Asbell
A board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County, Susan Asbell, 68, was also a mother of two and the wife of former Camden County, N.J. Prosecutor Sam Asbell. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Susan was also active in the Jewish community in southern New Jersey.

James McDowell
McDowell was the chief pilot aboard the Gulfstream IV plane that Katz owned. The 51-year-old was from Georgetown, Delaware. He worked for Katz as a pilot for more than a decade, along with the other crew, and expected to fly Katz to France later this month. He had been His family has declined to comment.

Bauke "Mike" de Vries

The co-pilot on the private plane, de Vries, 45, of Marlton, New Jersey, came to the U.S. from the Netherlands as a young man to attend flight school. In the early 1990s, he was a passenger in a two-man crash that killed a pilot at a southern New Jersey airport, his wife said, though he didn't remember the crash, or what happened during the hours leading up to the crash, she said.

Teresa Ann Benhoff
Benhoff, 48, of Easton, Maryland, worked for Katz for more than a decade and flew with the other pilots for nearly as long. Her husband said that she loved working for Katz, getting to know him, his late wife, his children and grandchildren during their vacations, business trips and flights to and from family homes across the country. She spoke with her husband throughout the day Saturday.
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