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13 years since Rutland, Massachusetts, native Britney Gengel killed in Haiti earthquake – WCVB Boston

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Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of a devastating earthquake in Haiti that claimed the lives of more than 300,000 people, including a Massachusetts native, and left over a million Haitians homeless.
Among those who were killed was 19-year-old Britney Gengel of Rutland.
The Lynn University student was volunteering on a humanitarian trip when the deadly earthquake happened on Jan. 12, 2010.

“We wanted to honor our daughter’s last wish and 13 years later – after many challenges – we are doing that, every day,” said Len Gengel, Britney’s father.
Her family established the “Be Like Brit” Foundation and Academy, as well as the orphanage “Brit’s Home,” where 69 boys and girls are living in Grand-Goâve, Haiti.
“As for us at Brit’s Home, we’re doing really good, thank God. It’s safe, and for the most part, most of the kids are doing really good, too,” said Bernie Gengel, Britney’s brother.
The next mission for the Be Like Brit Foundation is to build a home in the United States for older children growing into adulthood.
The family hopes the legacy of Britney’s compassion is living on.
“I think we’ve made her proud,” Bernie Gengel said.
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