Last 2 Amtrak Crash Victims Identified
Laura Finamore, 47 worked in corporate real estate for Cushman & Wakefield and she is listed on the company’s website as working out of its New York office.
She was the last fatality to be identified, with the release of her name coming after the Italian consulate in Philadelphia announced that an Italian national, Giuseppe Piras, died in the Tuesday night crash.
Bob Gildersleeve was also killed in the derailment, his company said in a statement.
Gildersleeve was an Elkridge, Maryland, native traveling from Baltimore to New York City on business. Gildersleeve’s son, Marc, and father, Bob Sr., handed out fliers in Philadelphia on Wednesday, hoping someone had seen him.
The Philadelphia fire commissioner confirmed this afternoon that the eighth and final body was discovered in the first car of the train this morning with the help of cadaver dogs. Officials have not confirmed which victim was the last to be discovered.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter noted that now officials believe that everyone has been accounted for and none of the 243 people that were on the train at the time of the crash are missing.
The five other fatalities that were known as of Wednesday night included a Naval Academy midshipman, a college dean, a Wells Fargo employee, a CEO and an Associated Press employee.
The identified victims had families and successful careers, people whose accomplishments and influence were celebrated amid news of the tragic accident.
Justin Zemser of Rockaway Beach, New York, was 20 and finishing his second year at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, his mother Susan Zemser said.
He was an only child.
“He was a loving son, nephew and cousin who was very community-minded,” Susan Zemser told reporters. “This tragedy has shocked us all in the worst way and we wish to spend this time grieving with our close family and friends.”
Zemser was heading home on leave, according to a statement from the Naval Academy.
Derrick Griffith, 42, the acting dean of student affairs and enrollment management at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York, was among those killed, a university spokesman said.
Prior to working at the college, he served as the executive director of Groundwork Inc., a nonprofit focused on helping children living in poverty. Griffith was scheduled to graduate later this month with a doctorate of philosophy in Urban Education by the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Abid Gilani, who worked in the commercial real estate division at Wells Fargo, was also among the victims, the bank told ABC News. “Our hearts go out to all those impacted by this tragedy,” a statement from the company reads.
Before joining Wells Fargo, Gilani had been with Marriott International for eight years. The company said Gilani, originally from Canada, split his time between Washington and New York. He was a married father of two.
Rachel Jacobs, a CEO at the Philadelphia-based company ApprenNet, was on her way home when the train crashed.
Jacobs worked in Philadelphia, but lived in New York with her husband and 2-year-old son, according to ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.
“This is an unthinkable tragedy,” her family said in a written statement. “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.”
Jacobs had previously worked at McGraw-Hill and was a graduate of Columbia Business School and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, according to the ApprenNet website.
The Associated Press confirmed that long-time employee Jim Gaines, 49, died in the derailment. The video software architect had been with the company since 1998 and won the company’s “Geek of the Month” award in 2012 for his work.
Gaines had been in Washington, D.C., to attend meetings and was heading home to Plainsboro, New Jersey, when the train crashed. Gaines’ wife, Jacqueline Gaines, confirmed his death, according to the AP. He also had a 16-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.