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13-year-old victim of San Bruno explosion was student body president, active in local parish [Updated]

September 11, 2010 | 11:31 am

The 13-year-old girl who was killed along with her mother in the gas line explosion in San Bruno was remembered Saturday by the family’s priest and school administrators as a personable, affectionate eighth-grader who was the student body president of the Catholic school she attended.

Janessa Greig and her mother, Jacquelin, 44, were among at least four residents in the suburban community near San Francisco who were killed Thursday when a high-pressure gas pipeline exploded and ignited a fire that swept through a San Bruno neighborhood.

[Updated:] An earlier version of this post misspelled Jacquelin Greig's first name as Jacqueline.

A third victim was identified as Jessica Morales, 20. The fourth known victim has not been identified.

Janessa Greig attended St. Cecilia School in San Francisco, according to the Rev. Joseph Landi of St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

He said Janessa and her mother were active in the parish.

The young girl was “a very active and very personable young lady, very well-liked,” Landi said.

Jacquelin Greig worked for the Public Utilities Commission, which regulates utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric, which operated the gas main that exploded.

“The irony was the she worked in the gas section” of a division of the commission, said Michael Peevey, president of the commission.

Janessa’s father and older sister Gabriella were headed to a back-to-school night at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School in San Francisco at the time of the blast. The older girl is a junior at the prep school.

“Any death can bring grief and frustration, and this kind of loss can be especially troubling. What is most important at this time is that we care for and support each other,” said Patrick Ruff, the principal of the prep school.

-- Paloma Esquivel in San Bruno