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Loved Ones Prepare Goodbyes for Plane Crash Victim Sierra Wilder

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Sierra Wilder, 14, pictured with her younger brother, died in a twin-engine plane crash in Kentucky which her cousin survived and was able to walk away from.
Sierra Wilder, 14, pictured with her younger brother, died in a twin-engine plane crash in Kentucky with three family members. A fourth, 7-year-old Sailor Gutzler, survived.Courtesy of the Wilder family

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Residents in the tiny town of Nashville, Illinois are beginning a long string of goodbyes to members of a family who perished together in a plane crash last week. Relatives and friends converged on the Campagna Funeral Home Tuesday night for a wake for 14-year-old Sierra Wilder, one of four people who died when a Piper twin-engine aircraft crashed over Kentucky on Friday.

The girl, a freshman at Nashville Community High School, was returning from a Florida vacation with her aunt, uncle and two young cousins when the plane went down. "She was outgoing, very kind," classmate Cameron Parker said at the wake. "[At school on Monday] everybody was affected, even teachers. It was very sad, very sad."

She added, "we all wore her favorite colors teal and purple and we decorated her locker." The only survivor of the tragic crash was Sierra's 7-year-old cousin, Sailor Gutzler, who climbed out of the plane and walked to a nearby home for help. Services for Sailor's mother, father and younger sister will be held later this week.

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