Friends remember students lost in Dupont fire

The cause of a deadly row house fire that left two dead in D.C. is still a mystery.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- 24-year-old Michael Patrick McLoughlin and 25-year-old Nina Brekelmans were both killed Wednesday in the Dupont Circle house fire. They were both just beginning their lives.

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They both lived on the third floor of the building.

Mary Grace Pellegrini and Brekelmans had been friends since high school. Most recently they were teammates on the Georgetown running club.

"She's a tremendous friend. She's an honest friend. She's reliable. She's very caring, she cares very deeply for others," Pellegrini said.

"Nina had everything going for her. Brilliant student, great runner, beautiful girl, wonderful friends," Jerry Alexander, the Georgetown running club coach said about Brekelmans.

"You just don't meet many people like her, all of the in one package," he added.

Alexander gathered his team Friday evening. They came together and remembered the avid runner, who was a walk-on to the Dartmouth University running team. They remembered the Fulbright Scholar, the recent Georgetown graduate with a masters in Arab studies. Most of all they remembered the selfless giver.

The same loss is being felt by those who knew Michael McLoughlin, a University of Maryland graduate from Leonardtown, Md. His former boss, Alex Brown, described him as dedicated, hardworking and the kind of guy you want to have around.

"He worked for me about a year. He was an amazing, funny, sarcastic and dry, and caring person. He will be missed," Brown said.


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