HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - The chapel at Hope College dedicated its usual Sunday eveninggathering service to two students killed in that morning's planecrash.
The chapel was full of people mourning the loss of Emma Biagioniand David Otai.
Distraught friends leaned on one another for support as theywalked out of chapel Sunday night. Many were too broken up to talkto 24 Hour News 8 on camera. Those we did talk to said they can'tbelieve two young lives are gone.
"I've never had a friend die, so I wasn't really sure how I wassupposed to feel," said Karen Patterson, a friend of Biagioni's whoworked with her at The Anchor, Hope's student newspaper.
Patterson said she was "shell shocked" Sunday evening and hasn'teven had time to grieve. Her school, newspaper and community lost avery bright light in Biagioni, Patterson told 24 Hour News 8.
"[I'm] just praying and trusting it's all going to work out,"she said.
Biagioni and her friend Otai were killed Sunday when the planeOtai was flying crashed in a Manlius Township field.
"Emma and David were both well-known and well-liked," Pattersonsaid. "[They were] the kind of people you meet once and youremember them."
Patterson said Otai was a sophomore exchange student from Kenyaand Biagioni was a junior from Barrington, Ill.
Biagioni's Facebook wall was filled with dozens of messages oflove and hope Sunday night.
"She was just the nicest person you could ever hope to meet,"Patterson said. "She was just a great person. We'll miss her."
Friends said the two were very involved in various activities oncampus including multicultural groups and Model UN. The schoolpaper, where Biagioni worked as a co-editor of the World section,plans to run an issue dedicated to the two killed within themonth.
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