Friends pay tribute to 3 passengers of Colorado plane crash

GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — A mother and her two children along with their older cousin were on board a plane that crashed in Colorado on Saturday.

Children at R.A. Mitchell Elementary School miss their friends, Kobe and Xander Barksdale.

One by one, children who knew Kobe and Xander stopped by a makeshift memorial Monday to say goodbye to their friends.

Xander was in the second grade; his older brother was in the fourth grade.

“They were really sweet, and they loved to play sports,” said Emma Wood, a student at the school.


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The two boys loved all kinds of sports. They just loved being outside.

“One of their teachers was saying it didn’t matter if they were in the classroom or on the playground, they always wanted to be the best,” said former principal Russ Wairs.

Their cousin, Seth McDuffie, was also on the plane.

McDuffie was an eighth grader at Westbrook Christian School. Students left flowers and balloons in his memory at the school Monday.

A prayer vigil was held for McDuffie at the school Sunday night.

“He was one of those guys you just wanted to be around. He had a great sense of humor,” said classmate Carlee Copeland. “He just made your day light up.”

It’s evident that Kobe, Xander and Seth will be missed.

Friends say the boys lived their life to the fullest and tried their hardest at everything they pursued.

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