2 Chicago Area Teens Among Dead After New Zealand Volcano Eruption, Parents Remain Missing

Steve Miller
December 12, 2019 - 1:20 pm
Ben Hollander (left) and Matthew Hollander

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two brothers who used to live in the Chicago-area have been confirmed dead following a volcano eruption in New Zealand and crews are still searching for their parents.

Officials in New Zealand said 13-year-old Matthew Hollander and 16-year-old Ben Hollander died after being taken to a hospital.

Their father Martin was described as "an amazing human being" by Bridget Daehler.  She said her ex-husband started an investment firm, Smart Asset Management, with Martin Hollander in the late 90's in Lake Zurich.

She said Hollander was "a very loyal, hard-working, honest guy."

Daehler said Barbara Hollander graduated from Niles West.

"They were just this really adorable family. Such nice, giving, loving people." she said. "It's very tragic."