CHICAGO (CBS) — A day after losing seven members of the Illinois State University community in a plane crash – including two members of the athletic department – emotional friends of the victims shared memories of the lost.
Seven men were killed early Tuesday, when a small plane crashed amid heavy fog just short of the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, as they were flying home from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Indianapolis.READ MORE: Some Illinois Schools Gave More Failing Grades After COVID Began
“Yesterday was the hardest day of my life. I lost a lot of good friends,” ISU head basketball coach Dan Muller said.
Friends and co-workers of those who died said there is no playbook to handle such a tragedy, as they took time to honor the seven people lost in the crash, each of them described as a supporter and fan of Illinois State University.
“There’s a large void in our community, and our Redbird family,” said athletic director Larry Lyons, who repeatedly wiped away tears as he remembered the victims. “Bloomington-Normal is a small town, and in many respects, everybody is touched by this tragedy, and they will all be missed.”