Yvonne Selke of Nokesville, Virginia, and her 23-year-old daughter, Emily Selke, were among the victims of the crash in the French Alps, according to The Washington Post.
“Our entire family is deeply saddened by the losses of Yvonne and Emily Selke,” the family said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon, per the Post. “Two wonderful, caring, amazing people who meant so much to so many. At this difficult time we respectfully ask for privacy and your prayers.”
Yvonne was an employee with Booz Allen Hamilton for nearly 23 years, and worked as a government contractor with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, per the Post.
Her daughter graduated with honors in 2013 from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where she was a music industry major, USA Today reports.
Emily’s college sorority expressed how much they will miss her in a Facebook post.
“As a person and friend, Emily always put others before herself and cared deeply for all those in her life. Please keep Emily, her mother and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this heartbreaking time,” part of it read.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed an additional American fatality, but did not identity the victim, according to the Associated Press.
The outlet also reported that French officials said terrorism appeared to be an unlikely cause of the crash, and Germany’s top security official said Wednesday there was no evidence of foul play.