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Family, friends hold candlelight vigil for brothers killed in plane crash

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Posted at 10:39 PM, Jul 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-23 00:41:10-04

CLINTON, Utah -- A candle light vigil was held in Clinton Tuesday night in remembrance of the two brothers killed in a plane crash in Arizona on Sunday.

"They forever made us laugh and brought so much happiness to our home we love you so much and look forward to the day we get to see your beautiful smiling faces again," said father Rhett Whatcott, who delivered a statement before the vigil. "I know you will be watching over us until we meet again I'm so grateful you have each other we love you."

Nineteen-year-old Daulton Whatcott was flying his brother, 16-year-old Jaxon, in a single engine Cessna from Bountiful to Mesquite, Nev. when the plane went down in Littlefield, Ariz. They were the only people on board.

Daulton was attending Utah State University and just received his pilot’s license three months ago. Jaxon played on the Syracuse High School basketball team, and would have been a junior this year.

"Daulton was so advanced that after 20 hours of flight time his flight instructor was teaching him maneuvers and giving instruction that he usually doesn't give until 40 hours -- that's the Daulton we know, he gave it his all and we know he fought for his brother until the end," Rhett Whatcott said.

The Whatcott family is still awaiting the results of an FAA investigation to find out the cause of the crash.