A funeral is scheduled for Tuesday morning for a Round Lake father and his daughter, who were killed earlier in March when their small plane crashed in Florida.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Bede Church in Ingleside.
More than 400 friends, neighbors, and family members gathered Sunday at a candlelight vigil in the northern suburb to remember 15-year-old Katherine Bronken and her father Jeffrey Bronken.
On March 22, Katherine Bronken and her father were on their way to Florida for a spring break getaway. Katherine brought along her softball teammate, Keyana Linbo, who could barely contain her excitement. “T-24 hours=paradise,” Keyana wrote on Twitter earlier in the week.
But their journey ended in disaster about eight miles short of their destination, the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, when their plane crashed about 4 a.m. in Clearwater, killing Katherine’s 53-year-old father. The girls, both 15, were rushed to an area hospital, authorities said at the time.
Linbo remained hospitalized in “stable” condition.
“It’s hard to fathom, everybody is still in shock,” said Round Lake resident and family friend Ken Hoxie. “It’s a big loss to this neighborhood.”
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.