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‘A lot of hurt’: Family, friends come together to remember West Jordan plane crash victims

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Posted at 10:21 PM, Aug 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-09 00:23:09-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah — It’s been two weeks since a small plane crashed into a West Jordan neighborhood. Four people died as a result of the crash.

Lee Wyckoff, age 43, who was the pilot, Coral Wyckoff, a 9-month-old child, and Milda Shibonis, age 36, were all on the plane and died from the crash. Mary Quintana, age 72, was in her home when the plane crashed into it. She died as a result of her injuries.

Saturday, people gathered to honor the lives lost and for a chance to heal, Autumn Allen said. Allen helped plan the vigil and helped the day of the accident.

“That day was like a movie. Like a terrible, terrible real-life movie,” she said.

Through tears, Allen remembered that deadly day as she helped Quintana escape.

“She wanted her brother and her son not to find out over the phone. She helped me drag her under the fence. I wanted to tell her thank you and I can’t,” she said.

With the memories from the day the plane crashed on everyone’s mind, Laura Michelle Lyons held back tears as she shared stories from the deadly day.

“A lot of burns, a lot of babies, a lot of hurt, a lot of people coming together to try to save lives,” she said.

It was truly devastating, especially the way everyone died, Quintana’s brother Joe Murillo said.

“I will remember her as being spicy all the time and a good person,” he said.

Friends also offered to show the vigil virtually for those who couldn’t make it in person, like Shibonis’ friend Jeanette Gearheart.

“She cared so genuinely for her people in all the communities she touched and was such an amazing example to single moms and fighters alike. She was such an example to me, to the women I want to become, she was successful and driven. The world lost a good one,” she said.

Friends say they hope to do everything in their power to make sure this never happens again by starting a petition for more safety regulations at South Valley Regional Airport.