An Army captain from the Chicago area and two brothers on an adventure before one was set to become a father were among the Americans killed when an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner plunged out of the sky on Sunday.
Antoine Lewis, 40, of Matteson, Ill., was a passenger on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 when the jetliner crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 people onboard, according to Matteson Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin.
“I was devastated. Shocked and devastated,” she told Fox 32. “He was a humanitarian, a faith-driven man.”
Lewis was in Africa doing Christian missionary work at the time of the air disaster. The 40-year-old enlisted in the army as a third-generation family member before going on to serve in Afghanistan, WGN reported.
His father, Rodney Lewis, told WLS-TV he was stationed in Ottawa before leaving to go to Ethiopia.
Antoine Lewis was in Africa doing Christian missionary work at the time of the air disaster. (Facebook)
“He was also stationed in South Korea, he was a military man, he loved it, he was moving up through the military,” he said. “He went in as an enlisted man and he got his undergraduate degree and his graduate degree.”
Lewis had planned to start a business or charity and build a home in Africa following his retirement from the military in a few years, according to family members. He leaves behind a wife and 15-year-old son.Sharing is caring!
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