CLINTON, Utah (AP) – Family and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil in a northern Utah park Tuesday evening to remember two teenage brothers who died in a small plane crash in northern Arizona on Sunday.
Several hundred people joined in a prayer, lit candles and signed basketballs and jerseys honoring 19-year-old Daulton Whatcott and 16-year-old Jaxon Whatcott.
Authorities say Daulton Whatcott was flying a single-engine Cessna when it crashed south of the Virgin River Gorge.
Family spokeswoman Taunie Reynolds says Daulton was a newly licensed pilot and was taking Jaxon to a basketball tournament in Las Vegas.
Syracuse High School Principal Wendy Nelson told the Standard-Examiner of Ogden that a grief counselor has been helping students at the school, which both boys attended.
She says the family has been strong and comforting the teenagers’ mourning friends. The family has set up a <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/DaultonandJaxonWhatcott” target=”_blank”>Facebook page</a> dedicated to the brothers.