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Meadowbrook crash victims' memorial fund set up at university

Dad Jim Malone, surrounded by family and friends,

Dad Jim Malone, surrounded by family and friends, is consoled after the loss of his daughters Jaime and Paige Thursday. (July 15, 2010) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

A scholarship fund bearing the names of Paige and Jamie Malone, sisters from Floral Park who were killed Thursday in a one-car crash, has been established at the University of Richmond in Virginia, according to university officials.

The Malone family requested the fund at the university "so that another young woman can be given the chance to have her dreams come true at the school that is such a part of this family," according to a statement on the school website.

Jamie, 22, and Paige, 20, as well as their two older siblings, Terence and Daphne, attended the university, where flags were lowered to half-staff. President Edward Ayers said he and others from the school would travel to Long Island to attend the visitation and funeral Mass, which is to be held Monday at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Floral Park.

"Both women were leaders in student life and active in community service. They were on their way to continue this good work at a camp for children and adults with disabilities when the accident occurred," Ayers said in a statement.

Jamie, who had just graduated, was to begin teaching in the fall at a Virginia elementary school. Paige was an accounting major.

The Malone sisters and three others in the car were on their way to work as counselors at Camp Anchor in Lido Beach, a summer camp for children with disabilities, when their car went off the southbound Meadowbrook State Parkway and hit a tree. Michael Mulhall, 22, of Floral Park, who had attended the University of Scranton, also was killed. His funeral Mass will be held Tuesday.

Saturday morning at the Malone home, family members greeted friends and loved ones in the hours before visitation for the sisters began in the afternoon at Dalton Funeral Home.

Contributions to the university fund may be directed to: The Jamie and Paige Malone Memorial Fund, Advancement Services, Richmond Hall G-18, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173.

A memorial service will be held Monday morning at Cannon Memorial Chapel on the university campus.

In addition, a minor league baseball team in Richmond plans a memorial observance for Jamie and Paige Malone.

Lou DiBella, co-owner of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, said Saturday that flags at the ballfield will be at half-staff for the weekend, and fans will be asked to observe a moment of silence at a Monday baseball game.

"These kids were members of the community and tremendously well thought of," DiBella said. "They were counselors . . . and it's just tragic that they died on their way to do God's work."

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