The event came five days after Riordan’s shocking death aboard a Southwest Airlines flight. The plane’s engine exploded midflight, shattering her window. She was partially drawn out and fatally injured. The dramatic accident attracted a frenzy of national and international media attention.
But on Sunday, for Albuquerque and the nearly 2,000 friends, family and community members at the memorial, it was the “hands on and heart open” way she lived that was the focus.
Riordan, 43, was remembered as a compassionate, genuine woman with “boundless energy” who gave “epic and heartfelt” hugs and was quick to ask, “How can I help?” By all accounts, she embodied her personal philosophy: kind, loving, caring and sharing.