Family, friends mourn Michigan native who died in Philadelphia Amtrak crash

Wednesday evening brought confirmation of the unimaginable.

Rachel Jacobs was one of at least seven people who died on board the Amtrak train which derailed in route to New York City by way of Philadelphia.

Friends tell FOX 2 that she was on her way to her Manhattan home to her husband, her 2-year-old son. She sent a text message to let them know she had boarded the train. That was the last time they would hear from the metro Detroit native.

"Everyone was helpful but it was difficult to get any information," said co-worker Emily Foote. "We routinely called the 1-800 number. This morning I called all the hospitals again."

Jacobs recently moved out east to be the CEO of a tech company, AppreNEt . But FOX 2 is told the Berkley High School graduate always kept Detroit close to heart. 

Her parents both prominent members of the Huntington Woods community. Her mother, Gilda Jacobs a former State Senator after learning the devastating news, they immediately made their way out east releasing this statement to FOX 2:

"This is an unthinkable tragedy.  Rachel was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend.  She was devoted to her family, her community and the pursuit of social justice.  We cannot imagine life without her.  We respectfully ask for privacy so that we can begin the process of grieving."

Rachel Jacobs made quite an impact on her hometown of Detroit. Before moving to New York She was the CEO of a company called Detroit Nation, helping those who leave motown to keep in touch via social media.

After the crash, when Rachel was unaccounted for Detroit Nation posted on Twitter:

"We share the shock and sadness so many are feeling right now." 

Those statements were echoed again and again on social media following the news that Jacobs was on board the train which crashed Tuesday night.

FOX 2's Dave Spencer spoke with the family's rabbi who said that a memorial service will be held out east with others lost in the crash. Locally, the funeral will be held in the metro area Monday. 
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