Galena grad who died in NYC helicopter crash remembered as 'passionate' basketball player

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According to NBC New York, one of the five victims in Sunday's helicopter crash in the Hudson River was a Reno man.

29-year-old Tristan Hill was the Director of Operations at the tourism company Sightsy, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Hill was also a Galena High School basketball star and was a member of the team that clinched a state championship in 2007.

After playing for the Reno Ballers through the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows growing up, Hill eventually came back and started the Northern Nevada Blue Chip Basketball Camp.

Tom Maurer, Galena's head basketball coach at the time, said Hill was one of the most passionate players he's ever had the pleasure of coaching.

"He's going to leave a legacy ... this kid wanted younger kids to be successful. At the Boys and Girls Club when he did Blue Chip — if they couldn't afford it, he made sure that they were there.

"He always wanted to be a teacher. He taught so many life values. He taught responsibility to these younger kids. He taught commitment. He taught communication skills," Maurer said.

The New York Daily News says Hill had planned to marry his fiancée Eda on May 26 in Reno.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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