Airline Employees Honor Girl Killed In Florida School Shooting

More than 100 employees from JetBlue, United, Spirit attended the funeral for Gina Rose Montalto — who was killed in the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and whose father is a pilot for United — according to Dan Petrovich, a United pilot who was in attendance and spoke to Business Insider.

Montalto’s parents set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a scholarship fund in her name focused on secondary education. The GoFundMe had raised over $280,000 of its $300,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon.

“Gina will be missed not only by her family, but by everyone whose life she touched,” Montalto’s parents wrote. “With your donations, we hope to help give the gift of higher education to other children.”

Other members of the airline community showed their support for the family via social media.

The response to the shooting, which killed 17 people, has increased the conversation around gun control, as many have called for restricted access to automatic weapons, like the AR-15 rifle that was used in the shooting.

President Donald Trump has signaled a willingness to promote gun control measures like banning bump stocks, which increase the rate of fire for semiautomatic weapons, and raising the age at which people can legally buy rifles like the AR-15.

Joseph Alba
Mr. Alba was previously Editor of the Airport Press for 12 years covering both local as well as global aviation news. Prior to this, Mr. Alba had Executive positions in Systems Engineering and Marketing with IBM World Trade, and had foreign assignments in the Far East and Latin America earning three Outstanding Achievement Awards. Mr. Alba also directed a new function dealing with Alternate Fuels for Public Service Electric & Gas company in New Jersey and founded a Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium consisting of car company executives and fleet owners, and NGV suppliers in New Jersey. Mr. Alba was a founding partner of ATA, an IT Consulting company which is still active in Central and South America. After leaving the armed forces, Mr. Alba’s initial employee was the U.S. Defense Department as an analyst.


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