According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol one of the victims is William Felten, of Saginaw, MI. The 20-year-old was piloting the 1999 Cessna model 172R and had his temporary pilot license for a year and regular license for a month.
Felten's passengers included Lucas Marcelli, 20, of
Massillon, OH, along with Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, MD and John Hill,
18, of Saint Simons, GA.
Felten and Marcelli were second-year students, while this
was Hill and Pishnevar's first year. Three of the four -- Marcelli, Pishevar
and Hill -- were also members of the wrestling team.
"They're all hard-working. They're good students.
They're respectful. They're a joy to coach," said Mark Hawald,
wrestling coach at Case.
"We are truly heartbroken about these promising
lives cut short," CWRU President Barbara Snyder said, "and feel
profound sympathy for their loved ones and friends."
Willoughby Fire was among the first departments to get a
call about the crash around 10:20 p.m.
The plane, which was rented, was engulfed in flames when
they arrived at the intersection of Bishop Road and Curtiss Wright
Officials say a flight plan was never filed, but that is
Upon hearing the news, Snyder released the following
To the Case Western Reserve Community:
I write with profound sadness to inform you that we believe the four individuals killed in last night's local plane crash were undergraduates at our university. We are waiting for official confirmation of their identities by law enforcement, but the information we have secured to date provides us relative certainty. We have notified the parents of the young people involved, and representatives from University Counseling Services are working closely with their roommates and close friends. The counseling office will have walk-in hours all day today for those who wish to speak with someone about this tragedy.
We will provide additional updates as soon as possible. For now, please join me in extending our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these students.
Sincerely, Barbara R. Snyder President
Counseling and student affairs staff are working closely with the undergraduates' roommates and friends to provide support and guidance. The University Counseling office is accepting walk-ins all day.
A vigil was held outside of the Zeta Beta Tau house on the campus Tuesday night.
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A vigil was held outside the Zeta Beta Tau house on the campus of Case Western University. Students remembered William Felten, Lucas Marcelli, Abraham Pishevar and John Hill. All four were killed in a plane crash Monday night.More >>