WILLOUGHBY HILLS -- An 18-year-old college student from Rockville, Md. is among four people who were killed in a small plane crash late Monday night in Ohio.
Ana Pishevar, step-mother of the 18-year-old victim, Abraham Pishevar, told WUSA9 the family is devastated.
"He was very respectful, he was always with a smile on his face, offering help all of the time … please everybody, keep us in your prayers," Pishevar said from the family's Rockville law office.
Paul Butler, a close family friend who also works at the law firm and once coached Abraham said sadly, "As a parent we know that, I guess that it's possible but we never think it's going to happen to us and when it does I think it literally takes your breath away. Literally. It's hard to breath."
The entire Rockville community mourned Tuesday after hearing of Abraham's death.
The four men killed in the crash at the Cuyahoga County Airport were students at Case Western Reserve University, according to the State Highway Patrol and other sources.
The patrol tells WKYC that the plane, a 1999 Cessna Model 172R, which crashed just outside the airport at 10 p.m. shortly after takeoff, had been rented for four hours and no flight plan was filed.
Authorities released the names of those killed as follows:
William Michael Felten, 20, of Saginaw, Mich.
- Lucas Vincent Marcelli, 20, of Massillon.
- Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, Md.
- John Hill, 18, of St. Simons, Ga.
Highway Patrol confirmed Felten, Marcelli and Hill were Case Western students. A statement from Georgetown Preparatory School confirmed that Abraham Pishevar had just started his freshman year at Case.
Georgetown Prep posted on Tuesday morning on its website:
It is with great sadness that Georgetown Prep reports the sudden passing of Abraham H. Pishevar II '14.
Abraham, 18, died on Monday, August 25 in an apparent plane crash outside of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Abraham had just begun his freshman year at Case Western University.
Abraham embodied the Georgetown Prep mission. He was a dedicated and enthusiastic student and key contributor on both the varsity football and wrestling teams. Abraham joined members of the class of 2014 on a senior service trip to Pine Ridge, South Dakota last summer. He was truly a man for others.
Georgetown Prep will update the community on any additional details and the family's arrangements.
Georgetown Prep will hold a prayer service at 2:25 p.m. this afternoon (August 26) in the Chapel of Our Lady.
Please pray for Abraham and his family during this difficult time.
READ MORE: Case Western Reserve University statement
According to Laurence Bolotin, national director of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, Felten and Marcelli were members of the fraternity at Case.
In fact, the frat's last Twitter post, from April, was a retweet of @CWRUGreekLife congratulating Marcelli on receiving an athletic award.
The crash happened near the intersection of Bishop Road and Curtiss Wright Parkway, near the Lake County-Cuyahoga County border.
The plane became engulfed in flames upon impact, leaving the four occupants trapped inside the aircraft.
One witness described hearing what sounded like a "loud firecracker," while others reported seeing a ball of fire.
All four victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
It's unclear where the plane was headed.
The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive around midday Tuesday.
In 2009, two people died when a single-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Cuyahoga County Airport.
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