Nineteen-year-old Quinn Schansman boarded an airplane on Thursday in Amsterdam, prepared to join the rest of his family already on vacation in Malaysia. On Friday, however, President Barack Obama announced that the young student was one of the 298 people -- and so far the only victim known to have American citizenship -- killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine.
Schansman, a dual citizen of both the U.S. and Holland, was remembered as "kind," "caring" and easy to like.
"He stuck up for you and made you laugh when he saw there was something wrong," friend Fabienne Schriek told NBC News. "He was ... kind of sensitive and caring. He had a lot of friends and everybody seem[ed] to like him. If there was a fight in class he could cool everyone down again, made a joke and it was like it never happened. He was really down to earth and just [a] fun guy to have around."
Born in New York City but reportedly raised in the Netherlands, Schansman's Facebook page lists him as a business school student in Amsterdam. A woman listed as his girlfriend posted a photo of them kissing after news of Schansman's death:
Messages of condolences from others quickly streamed in on van Dranen's photo.
Posts to Schansman's Instagram feed show a typical happy teenager, enjoying the company of friends and family. A picture of him and his younger brother was posted back in March.
The two were reportedly both fans of Ajax, a professional soccer team in the Dutch league. Schansman also played for local soccer club Olympia '25, which his brother was expected to join next year. In a post on their website, the organization paid tribute to Schansman and another family of five, who were apparently among the 189 Dutch citizens killed on the flight.
Along with his younger brother, USA Today reports that Schansman is survived by his sister, Nerissa Schansman, as well as his mother and father.