Three more Marylanders added to plane's death toll

Howard County couple, man from Montgomery County bring total to nine

November 03, 1999|By Todd Richissin | Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF

A Montgomery County man and a couple from Howard County were added yesterday to the list of Marylanders killed in the Egyptair flight that plunged into the Atlantic Sunday, bringing the total from the state to nine.

Haitham Kheiry was traveling to the Sudanese city of Khartoum to visit his parents. An older sister was going to be married in early October but had put off her wedding until her brother's arrival.

Kheiry was born in the United States and returned to Africa when he was about 5 years old. He settled in Silver Spring three years ago and had attended classes to improve his English , said his cousin, Mawahib Khalifa, 27.

"He was only 23 years old," said Khalifa, of Silver Spring. "He was so young and such a hard worker, and he helped whoever needed help. With this incident, we found out he had a lot of friends we didn't even know he had."

Kheiry's friends from around the state called on his family yesterday, after learning he was aboard the plane that crashed on Sunday, killing all 217 people aboard.

Kheiry had delivered parts for Darcars automobile dealership in Silver Spring.

Khalifa said she had tried to talk her cousin into saving money by leaving for his parents' home a couple of days later than the flight he booked. But, she said, he wanted to spend every possible day of his vacation with his family.

"He loved them," she said.

One of his brothers, Mohammed Kheiry, lives in Silver Spring as well and planned to return to his parents' home this morning, she said.

Memorial plans are on hold while the family waits to see if his body will be recovered.

"His mother was holding onto hope," Khalifa said. "Now she is holding up by realizing it was meant to be."

In Clarksville, in Howard County, friends of Gerald and Caryl Welsh, remembered the retired couple as gentle people who liked to help others -- and dogs -- as much as they could.

Gerald, 63 and Caryl, 62, had planned to spend their retirement traveling, and after they left their jobs as summer kicked in, they began selecting their trips.

"I remember calling Caryl because she wanted to volunteer with our group," said Linda Weinberg, who volunteers with Doberman Rescue, which places dogs from unwanted homes and shelters.

"Well, he'd get on the phone and say, `No, she's retiring and isn't going to have time because we're going to be doing a lot of traveling.' Then she'd call and say, `Don't listen to him, I'm volunteering.' "

Before long, Gerald Welsh was a volunteer, too.

"My sons used to do yard work for them," said a neighbor, Barry August.

"He'd ride his bike around the neighborhood, and they were just a real pleasant couple. They were private people, but good private people."

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.