The enigmatic demise of a 66-year-old American Airlines flight attendant, Diana Ramos, in a Philadelphia hotel room has left her family and colleagues in a state of disbelief and sorrow.
Ramos was discovered unresponsive with a cloth gagged in her mouth late Monday evening by the cleaning staff of the Philadelphia Airport Marriott room. Upon discovery, a staff member alerted the authorities, leading to the arrival of medics at around 10:40 p.m., who pronounced her dead minutes later.
“I’m shocked that something like this could’ve happened to her,” Helen Alaniz said in an interview with People.
Alaniz, the sister of Ramos’ deceased husband Raymond, expressed disbelief over the tragedy, revealing that the family’s communication with Ramos had dwindled following Raymond’s passing in 2021.
“They pretty much kept to themselves,” she disclosed regarding the couple’s lifestyle, heavily influenced by Ramos’ demanding job schedule.
Ramos, whose career with the airline spanned an impressive 25 years, was in Philadelphia on a layover following a flight from Los Angeles. The nature of her job often kept her away, leading to an apparent distance between her and her extended family.
“Ever since my brother passed, after that we never got any word from her,” Alaniz added, displaying a sense of loss and longing for reconnection that was abruptly severed with Ramos’ mysterious death. The circumstances of her passing have not only shocked her family but also raised several questions for the hotel and airline staff.
Ramos was expected to check out of her room on Friday, two days prior to the horrifying discovery. The delay in her checkout and the subsequent discovery of her body have cast a pall of mystery and sadness over the incident.
“Everybody is still trying to figure out what happened and why her crew just left her,” an unidentified American Airlines flight attendant lamented. The attendant revealed that Ramos’ crew was based in Los Angeles, hinting at a possible lack of a local support system for Ramos.
The timing of Ramos’ death also holds a poignant significance for her family, as Alaniz shared that it came during the month where they honor their late relatives. The unexpected and gruesome nature of her demise amid a time of remembrance further compounds the grief and bewilderment surrounding the incident.
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