GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) – It’s been a week since a small plane went down in a Colorado lake, killing five people. All five of the passengers, two adults and three children, have been returned to Alabama. The next thing for the grieving community will be funerals for the departed.
The principal of Westbrook Christian School says the memorial outside the school for 14-year-old Seth McDuffie will be moved inside as the school prepares for students to return to class on Monday.
McDuffie was on a single-engine plane with his two young cousins, his aunt and Gadsden businessman Jimmy Hill when it crashed in a Colorado reservoir on March 22nd. Funeral arrangements have been made for four of the victims.
Funeral services for Katrina Barksdale, her two sons Kobe and Xander and their cousin Seth McDuffie will take place Tuesday night at 6pm. The funeral will be held at Crosspoint Community Church. The family is asking that the community not donate flowers. Instead they would like that money to go to a fund set up for children in need at Mitchell Elementary. The fund is set up through the Alabama Teachers Credit Union.
Funeral arrangements for Jimmy Hill, the pilot of the plane, and well known Gadsden business owner, have not been made.
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