GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A girl whose mother and two brothers were killed earlier this month when a plane crashed in Gaithersburg will receive help saving up money for college from her father's employer.
Marie Gemmell and her two sons, Devin and Cole, were killed when a jet crashed into their neighborhood near the Montgomery County air park on Dec. 8. Her husband and 7-year-old daughter were not at home at the time. The community has reached out to the two, setting up various funds and donation drives.
Now, we're told that Ken Gemmell's employer has established a college scholarship fund for seven-year-old Arabelle. Gemmell works as an engineer for Savi.
Savi CEO and President Bill Clark released the following statement:
"Everyone at Savi is shocked and deeply saddened by this unthinkable tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Gemmell family. We are committed to supporting Ken and Arabelle for the long term, and have started that process by establishing this college fund in memory of Arabelle's mother and two brothers. The outpouring of support from the community has been remarkable, and we want to build on this amazing generosity as much as possible. We all know Ken as a loving husband, devoted father and dedicated employee, and it's our sincere hope that friends, co-workers and others throughout our community will join us in contributing to this fund."
According to Savi officials, all of the donations will go to a 529 plan established for Arabelle, and all fees for the plan will be paid by Savi.