Crash of Flight 5191

Cecile Moscoe: She made friends instantly

Cecile Moscoe and Brigette McKinley were best friends. When McKinley was pregnant and had cravings for Mexican food, Moscoe went with her, night after night, to Qdoba Mexican Grill and Chipotle. One night when it was 5 degrees outside and snowing, Moscoe suggested for a change that they order pizza.

“Pizza? I said, ‘Listen, I don’t want pizza. I need salsa,’” McKinley said.

“Cecile said, ‘Oh god. Let’s go.’ So in 5 degree weather, we go out for Mexican. That’s the kind of friend she was.” After the baby came, “She loved my son like he was her own,” McKinley said. The two spoke for the last time on Friday.

Moscoe, 29, was one of three Galls Inc. employees traveling to New Orleans on company business when they were killed in the crash of Flight 5191 on Sunday. She was a managed-account representative who had been with the company for four years.

“She was charming, awesome, sassy, and very positive,” McKinley said. “No matter what was going on, she would never get down.”

Moscoe had bought a house in Richmond where her brother, Brian, lives. “She was happy in Richmond and had big plans to fix it up,” her friend said.

On her MySpace.com page, Moscoe wrote that she loved ballroom dancing, rappelling, camping, fly fishing, shooting, but also “girl stuff like snuggling up in front of the fire and watching movies.”

After her brother got her hooked on CSI, she borrowed his DVDs to watch back episodes. But she also liked Cheers re-runs on Nick at Nite and anything on the History Channel, TLC and Discovery. “Yes, I’m a nerd at heart,” she says on MySpace.

Moscoe grew up in Virginia, went to grade school at St. Luke’s Lutheran School in Culpeper, and graduated from Madison County High School in Madison, Va.

“She was absolutely fun and she had friends everywhere -- Alaska, Georgia, New Orleans,” McKinley said. “She would go up to somebody and instantly, they’d be a friend.”

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