Ana-Maria Cordoba was traveling from Northern Virginia to Spain with her husband and daughter to meet up with her son Santiago, who had just completed a pilgrimage to a renowned holy site. The plan was for the family to celebrate the Feast of St. James.
The family’s journey ended tragically when Cordoba was killed in the crash of a train that derailed Wednesday in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain. According to the Associated Press, at least 80 people were killed and scores were injured in the accident near Santiago de Compostela, a site of Christian pilgrimage for hundreds of years.
Cordoba worked in human resources for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. She was traveling on the train with her husband, Philippe, and daughter Christina, said Michael J. Donohue, a spokesman for the Arlington diocese.
Cordoba was remembered at the diocese as a kind, well-liked woman. Her mother also works there.