Wheaton College Holds Service For Student Killed in Plane Crash

Psychology major remembered as student with bright future ahead of her

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    Campus remember Ramie Harris. (Published Monday, Nov. 28, 2011)

    A 21-year-old Wheaton College student who died in a plane crash over the weekend was be remembered Monday during a service at the school's chapel.

    Ramie Harris was killed in the crash along with her father, 46-year-old Ray Harris, her 20-year-old sister Shey and Shey's boyfriend, 22-year-old Chris Backus.

    Ray Harris of Marion, Ind., was flying Ramie back back for classes at Wheaton after the holiday weekend when the single-engine Cirrus model plane crashed near Route 14 and North Ridgefield Road in Crystal Lake.

    Four Dead in Plane Crash Near Crystal Lake

    [CHI] Four Dead in Plane Crash Near Crystal Lake
    The plane, a single-engine Cirrus model with a tail number of N223CD, went down Saturday morning near Route 14 and North Ridgefield Road. (Published Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011)

    "She's somebody who had a heart for people who were broke and hurting and wanted to use her life to help in that situation," Wheaton College president Philip Ryken said at the memorial service.

    Senior David McHale, who is also the student chaplain, said that a lot of tears have been shed.

    "It is a great loss to the campus," McHale said. "A lot of her friends were challenged by Ramie's life, the way that she lived it, the way that she pursued the Lord, pursued Jesus."

    Ramie was a Psychology major who transferred to the school last year after attending Purdue.

    Professor Ray Phinney teaches a class she would have attended Monday morning.

    "She was studious, she worked hard at her studiesk," Phinney said. "It wasn't just about getting grades. She was pulling an 'A' in my class."

    The cause of the crash is still unknown, but the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.