Illinois town paying respects to plane crash victims

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Mourners embrace outside Campagna Funeral Home Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Nashville, Ill., during the funeral for Sierra Wilder. The 14-year-old, killed along with three relatives in a Kentucky plane crash that her 7-year-old cousin survived, was eulogized Wednesday as a vibrant, arts-loving girl who embraced her diversity of friends. | Steve Nagy / AP

NASHVILLE, Ill. — The southern Illinois town of Nashville will soon say farewell to three family members killed in a Kentucky plane crash that a 7-year-old girl survived.

A four-hour visitation was scheduled Thursday in Nashville’s middle-school gymnasium for 48-year-old Marty Gutzler, 46-year-old wife Kim Gutzler and their 9-year-old daughter, Piper. Private services were planned Friday.

The Gutzlers were killed along with 14-year-old relative Sierra Wilder when the small plane piloted by Marty Gutzler crashed on Jan. 2. The family was returning from a Florida vacation.

The elder Gutzlers’ other daughter, Sailor, survived and managed to trek a mile to a house where a man summoned authorities for her.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Nashville is 50 miles east of St. Louis.

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