MI native killed in Amtrak derailment

An undated photo of Rachel Jacobs (Courtesy ApprenNet)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The daughter of longtime Michigan Democratic political figure and ex-state Sen. Gilda Jacobs has died in the crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia.

Thirty-nine-year-old Rachel Jacobs earlier was reported missing after Tuesday evening’s crash.

Her family says in a statement that Jacobs “was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend” who was devoted to family and social justice.

Rachel Jacobs grew up in suburban Detroit and was chief executive of Philadelphia-based ApprenNet, an education startup. She lived in New York with her husband and 2-year-old son.

Gilda Jacobs is chief executive of the Michigan League for Public Policy, which first confirmed her daughter’s death.

ApprenNet’s website says Rachel Jacobs has a BA from Swarthmore College and MBA from Columbia University and worked at McGraw-Hill and Ascend Learning.

>>Photos: Train derails in Philadelphia

Also confirmed killed in the crash are:

  • Jim Gaines, an Associated Press video software architect from Plainsboro, New Jersey. He was headed home after meetings at the new agency’s Washington, D.C. office.
  • Justin Zemser, a popular student leader and athlete at the U.S. Naval Academy. He heading home to Rockaway Beach, New York.
  • Abid Gilani, a senior vice president in the Hospitality Finance Group for Wells Fargo in New York City.
  • Derrick Griffith, dean of student affairs and enrollment management at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, believed in education — for himself as well as others.
  • Bob Gildersleeve, who’s from Maryland, worked for Ecolab for 22 years and lived near Baltimore, company spokesman Roman Blahoski said.

Bob Gildersleeve of Maryland is still missing following the crash.

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