Funeral set for WNYer killed in balloon crash

This 2013 photo provided by the University of Richmond shows director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis. Lewis and associate head coach Ginny Doyle were two of the three people aboard a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and crashed on Friday, May 9, 2014, in Virginia. Investigators say their remains were found about a mile apart in dense woods. (AP Photo/University of Richmond, Frank Strauss)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Funeral services are set for this weekend for the Buffalo native who was one of three people killed when a hot-air balloon hit a power line, burst into flames and crashed in Virginia.

Calling hours for Natalie Lewis are scheduled Friday afternoon and evening at the Amigone Funeral Home on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. Her funeral will be held Saturday morning at St. Rose of Lima Church in Buffalo.

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The 24-year-old former Buffalo high school swim team star was taking a balloon ride with a University of Richmond co-worker when it hit power lines during a balloon festival in Doswell, Virginia last Friday. The balloon’s pilot, Daniel Kirk, and Richmond women’s basketball assistant coach Ginny Doyle also died.

Lewis was the director of basketball operations for the women’s team. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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