As investigators learn more about what happened to Flight 3407, we are learning more about the 50 people who died in the crash and by extension the hundreds more whose lives they touched.
In Buffalo, the heart of hockey country, hearts tonight are broken.
What was planned as a college reunion for friends instead became a tearful memorial. Missing from the ice was Maddy Loftus of New Jersey. The 24-year-old was on her way to visit her former Buffalo State teammates when flight 3407 fell from the sky.Her number 10 hanging above the bench.
The list of victims is as varied as they were remarkable.
64-year-old Saxophonist Gerry Niewood and Jazz Guitarist Coleman Mellett, 34, were both heading to Buffalo for a big gig with famed musician Chuck Mangione.
30-year-old Lorin Maurer was flying in to meet her boyfriend at his brother's wedding. It would be her first trip to Buffalo. Her boyfriend who didn't lose a single soldier as an Army Captain in Iraq, is now mourning her loss.
Ronald Gonzalez directed a youth program in New Jersey. The 44-year-old once led the outreach effort focused on AIDS in Buffalo's Latino Community.
In Florida, friends and relatives of the plane's pilot, Captain Marvin Renslow are still stunned.
Mary Pettys was third of ten siblings at the age of 50, she was looking forward to getting married for the first time this June.
In Clareance Center, a town of 28,000, is now trying to absorb the shock. Jaimee Lynn Trujillo was heading home just 4 doors away from the crash site still haunted by that night.
As the mourning begins, the stories of sorrow continue to emerge.
Meanwhile, the Former Spokesman for the FBI in Buffalo was booked on the doomed Continental Flight but circumstances would intervene and save his life.
Paul Moskal spoke with WGRZ in Buffalo talked by phone today.
"I was planning on coming back Thursday, but through a series of events that unfolded that were really beyond my control, I had an opportunity to move my flight up. So I took 3407 home a day early. I actually traveled back to Buffalo on Wednesday night," said Moskal.
When he was asked about how he felt when watching the news coverage.
Moskal said, "I was dumbfounded but more in the sense of 'oh my gosh" I can't believe this has happened to Buffalo. I can't believe this has happened to people I probably know."
Moskal says he is sad because when he's taken the flight before, he often recognizes people he knows.