ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The husband of an Albuquerque woman killed in a Southwest Airlines jet that blew an engine says he told their children about her death at their church school.

Michael Riordan told ABC News in one of his first interviews since his wife’s death that he asked his children to take a knee then told them, “mommy’s not coming home, guys.”

Jennifer Riordan, a well-known figure in New Mexico in community relations and communications, died last week on a flight heading from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas. The flight made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after its engine blew in midair and shrapnel hit the plane.

Riordan says he told his two young children they all were going to live the rest of their lives “with mommy in our hearts.”