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.
“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.”