Mourners gather in the lobby of Popejoy Hall on the campus of the University of New Mexico for the memorial service for Jennifer Riordan who lost her life on Tuesday on Southwest Airlines flight 1380. (Katy Barnitz/Albuquerque Journal)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nearly 1,000 people have gathered to remember the Albuquerque banking executive and mother of two killed after a midflight explosion Tuesday.
Jennifer Riordan leaves behind her husband of more than 20 years, Michael, and two children, Averie and Josh.
Her memorial at Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus drew hundreds in the hour leading up to its commencement at 6 p.m. and filled with nearly 1,000 people, including prominent politicians, community leaders, neighbors, family and friends who knew her and her children.
Riordan was the vice president of community relations for Wells Fargo in New Mexico. Previously, she worked as a media relations manager for UNM Hospital and as vice president of community and public relations for New Mexico Citigroup.
She is a graduate of UNM who was known for her work with nonprofits and as a volunteer for various organizations.
Riordan, 43, died Tuesday aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas after plane’s engine exploded and shrapnel shattered the window next to her. The Associated Press has reported that Riordan was pulled partially from the plane before her fellow passengers pulled her back inside. She had been traveling for work.
News of her death brought a flood of statements by local politicians, including Gov. Susana Martinez, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Attorney General Hector Balderas.
Riordan’s family has set up a memorial trust in her name, which will be used both to assist the family financially and in support of “causes that Jennifer held dearest.” https://www.caringcent.com/sparklejennifer/