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Candlelight vigil Sunday for Case Western students killed in plane crash

Case Western students who perished in plane crash. From left: John Hill, Abraham Pishevar, William Felten, Lucas Marcelli
Case Western students who perished in plane crash. From left: John Hill, Abraham Pishevar, William Felten, Lucas Marcelli
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A candlelight memorial service for the four Case Western Reserve University students – including three varsity wrestlers – killed in a plane crash Monday night will be held Sunday, the flight club that owned the plane announced Friday.

The vigil will be held near the site of the tragedy, in the grass field on the northwest corner of the intersection of Curtiss-Wright Parkway and Bishop Road in Willoughby Hills, Ohio on Sunday, August 31 at 8:15 p.m. Eastern.

The crash, which took place just outside Cuyahoga County Airport about ten miles east of Cleveland, took the lives of CWRU wrestlers Lucas Marcelli, Abraham Pishevar, and John Hill, along with fellow Case Western student William Felten, the pilot.

According to WKSU, the public radio station for nearby Kent State University, Felten had rented the 1999 Cessna 172R from T&G Flight Club where he was a member, and has a facility at Cuyahoga County Airport.

T&G Flight Club owner Laurence Rohl posted the following message at the club’s website:

“On behalf of everyone in the T&G Flying Club family, I want to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the four young men who were lost in this tragedy. William Felten was a pilot who brought joy to our flight school and he will be sincerely missed. At T&G, we pride ourselves on our dedication to safety, and I am truly heartbroken over this accident. We are working hard with authorities to find out what caused this terrible tragedy and our prayers are with their families.”

Meanwhile, services have been announced for at least two of the crash victims, William Felten, and Lucas Marcelli, in their respective home communities. Visitation for Felten will be held at the W.L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Rd., Saginaw, Mich., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Central Friday, and on Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 808 Weiss St., Saginaw, from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service, slated for 11 a.m. at the church. Pastor Robert W. Tibbitts will officiate.

Calling hours for Lucas Marcelli will be held at the Paquelet Funeral Home, 1100 Wales Road N.E., Massillon, Ohio, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday. The funeral service will be held at Massillon St. Mary Catholic Church, 206 Cherry Road N.E., at 11 a.m. Saturday.