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    Laura Jordan wears a red ribbon with her hat decorated with initials of Natalie Lewis and Ginny Doyle before the University of Richmond's Commencement Ceremony in Richmond, Va. on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Lewis, the director of basketball operations of the University of Richmond womens basketball team, and Doyle, the team's associate head coach, died in Friday nights hot air balloon crash in Caroline County. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Daniel Sangjib Min)

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 6:37 pm | Updated: 11:43 pm, Sun May 11, 2014.

RICHMOND, Va. — One was the constant in Richmond women’s basketball, the beloved assistant coach who had been on staff for 15 seasons, remaining through two coaching changes. The other was hardly out of college, always cheerful and willing to help.

Associate head coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were killed Friday in a fiery hot-air balloon crash along with the pilot, Daniel T. Kirk, who had 20 years of flying experience and was affectionately known as “Capt. Kirk.” The three were mourned Sunday by friends, family and colleagues alike.

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