Downed jet victim was northwestern Indiana exchange student

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DEMOTTE, Ind An Indiana University graduate student's boyfriend who died with her on the downed plane in Ukraine had spent six months in northwestern Indiana as a high school exchange student.

Jenny Jonkman says Laurens Van Der Graaff came from the Netherlands in 2003 and lived with her family in DeMotte during their senior year at Kankakee Valley High School.

Jonkman tells The Times of Munster that Van Der Graaff had been dating Karlijn Keijzer for several years and visited Keijzer in Bloomington each spring and fall. They were on heading on vacation when the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down Thursday.

Jonkman says Van Der Graaff quickly became popular in school. He was picked prom king and made the varsity basketball team before breaking his foot.

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