Reporting Gigi Barnett
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A final farewell for a university lacrosse coach and Baltimore native killed in a bizarre bus accident last weekend.
It happened in southern Pennsylvania as the team headed to a game.
Gigi Barnett has more.
At Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in East Baltimore, family and friends had one last chance to say goodbye to Baltimore native Kristina Quigley. She was Seton Hill University’s women’s lacrosse head coach, killed in a bus accident last week.
The team was headed to a lacrosse game at Millersville University in southern Pennsylvania.
“It’s just unbelievable, an unbelievable tragedy,” said Cindy Labella.
Over the last week, the small campus mourned Quigley, who was six months pregnant. Her family named the unborn baby Jackson.
Family and friends remembered Quigley as a competitive coach who loved the game, but loved her players, husband Glenn and young son Gavin much more.
“She was just all about developing relationships, and lacrosse was her avenue to do it. But you could just tell in her that the spirit was in the relationships that she developed through the sport,” said Jason Bellamy, Patterson High head lacrosse coach.
The cause of the crash is still a mystery. The wreck killed the bus driver and injured several Seton Hill players.
A memorial fund to raise scholarship money for Quigley’s son has raised thousands.
“Things just aren’t fair sometimes, someone so young that was doing so many great things for others,” Bellamy said.
As family and friends say goodbye to Quigley, Seton Hill University is making grief counselors available to all faculty, staff and students when they return back to campus.
While the accident is still under investigation, transportation officials say the bus driver and the vehicle were up-to-date on inspections.