New video of the moment a Christian couple in Texas boarded a helicopter on Saturday before dying in a crash minutes after midnight on Sunday has emerged as their grieving relatives announced plans for separate funerals at two churches this week.
William Troy Byler and his new wife, Bailee Raye Ackerman Byler, were looking forward to living happily ever after when they left their wedding reception in Texas on Saturday night. Shortly after midnight Sunday about 10 miles northwest of Uvalde, however, Steven Kennedy, justice of the peace for Uvalde County Precinct 1, told CBS News that the couple had died in the crash.
The 76-year-old pilot, Gerald Douglas Lawrence, who federal officials say was “very experienced” was also killed along with the newlywed 24-year-old college seniors.
Jacob Martinez, who filmed the couple’s wedding and final moments boarding the chopper, said they were in high spirits during the send-off from family and friends.
“We sent them off with something that they will remember,” he told KENS 5. “It chokes me up because I saw them get in the helicopter, which seemed to be fine.”
Friends of the family said the pilot was a captain in the U.S. Army and a veteran of the Vietnam War.
“After their fairytale wedding last night they boarded a helicopter and headed out in (sic) route to their wonderful honeymoon when their helicopter slammed into the side of a hill in Uvalde, Texas, and killed them and the pilot on board. … I’m going to miss my good friend Troy and his beautiful wife. Please keep these people and their family in your prayers! Rest easy my friends!” Montgomery wrote.
“I can’t put into words how you go from a happy ending to a tragedy,” Martinez said.
The couple’s friends told KENS 5 that they were expected to graduate next month from Sam Houston State University.
Funeral services for the couple were also announced this week, according to KFDM.
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Source: Christian Post