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UNF students mourn loss of star athlete

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Updated: 12/09/2013 11:47 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- She was known for her swing at the University of North Florida, but those close to Tess Huber say her smile lit up a room.

"Gosh, she's missed already. We miss her smile. Tess had the most incredible smile," said coach Joanne Steele.

Driven to succeed and determined to help others, we're told Huber was making her way to the top.

"She was really starting to become a leader on this team, a motivator and really pushing the players," said Steele.

Huber openly shared that passion with anyone that would listen. Huber's resident assistant was too pained to speak on camera, but released this statement to Action News:

"I made a bulletin board for Tess a few months ago to highlight her golf meets to encourage the others residents to support her and the team. Tess' memories will remain alive in Village A," said Anjelica Martinez.

The 20-year-old sophomore from Port St. Lucie was flying back into town just in time for midterm exams. Her father's plane crash-landed in a retention pond a half mile from their destination, the Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport. Her father and 17-year-old sister also didn't survive.

Right now police and the National Transportation Safety Board are trying to figure out what went wrong and whether low clouds in the area were a factor. While the investigation is just beginning, Huber's classmates are trying to cope with the loss of such a young star.

"She was really good at athletics and that just stinks even more because she can't carry that out," said Hunter Lentz.

"My heart goes out to her mom. I hope she knows that a lot of people at UNF are praying for her and her family," said Sarah Ricevuto.

There was a charity golf tournament that was held in Huber's honor Monday afternoon. That will now be called the Tess Huber Memorial Tournament. All of the money raised will go toward a scholarship in her name.
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