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Memorial held for Pope Co. plane crash victims


Several hundred people showed their support on Saturday after a father and son from Illinois were killed in plane crash on August 9.

A public memorial service for 59-year-old Tommy Snyder and 36-year-old Erich Snyder was held at a church in Cambria, Illinois.

Organizers say several hundred family, friends, and area residents passed through the church over the course of about four hours.

When Tommy and Erich Snyder were killed in early August, one of those left in Mourning was Erich’s 12-year-old son named Christian.

Supporters have organized an annual fundraiser towards a scholarship bearing Christian’s name.

The first event will be a golf scramble in October, for which the details are below.

Pastor Robert Chitwood spoke at Saturday’s ceremony, and says it’s a comfort to see the community in action.

“Sponsorships are already coming in from all over, business owners, it’s touched the whole area,” Chitwood explained, “and not only did [the Snyders] reach out and touch this area, but now this area is reaching out and giving back to touch them.”

The crash occurred on August 9 when the Snyders were flying back from a visit in Kentucky.

NTSB reports the plane went down in the Shawnee National Forest near Harrisburg.

The first annual Erich Snyder memorial golf scramble will be on October 17.

Lunch will be served at noon, and tee off is at 1 p.m.

The cost is $65 per golfer and $260 per team.

Organizers say there will be a variety of prizes, including a brand new Harley Davidson sponsored by Black Diamond Harley Davidson in Marion Illinois, which will be the hole-in-one prize.

All proceeds to benefit the Christian Snyder scholarship fund.

All sponsors, donated prizes and registrations can be sent to 108 N division or 507 West Idaho in Carterville Il

Prizes can also be dropped off at Carterville City Hall.

For more information, call 618-218-5073.

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