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Johnathan Perry, traveling to visit girlfriend's family

Johnathan Perry was only 27. But already, he had risen to a position of influence and importance within a New York City investment management firm.

Perry, a resident of New York City, was traveling to Buffalo with his girlfriend, Nicole Korczykowski, to visit with her family in Eden over the long holiday weekend. Perry's death was reported Sunday by the New York Daily News.

Perry joined W.P. Carey & Co. in 2002, according to a company biography. He rose through the ranks and, in 2008, was named a director at the firm.

His job had him in the air frequently -- especially with Atlantic crossings.

The Cincinnati native headed his company's office in Amsterdam and also ran the company's International Asset Management Group. That meant he oversaw the management of nearly $3 billion in assets around the world, in 13 countries.

Like his girlfriend, Perry graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in economics. He was a member of the Urban Land Institute and a licensed broker.

Perry had been in a relationship with Korczykowski for several years, according to friends of the couple who spoke to the Daily News.

"They were definitely in love," one source told the newspaper.

-- Charity Vogel

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