EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A prayer vigil was held for the victims of the East Haven plane crash Saturday night.
The pilot, Bill Henningsgaard was killed, along with his son Maxwell, as they were attempting to land at Tweed-New Haven airport.
The bodies of two children, 13-year-old Sade Brantley, and one-year-old, Madisyn Mitchell, were recovered from the wreckage of a home hit by the plane.
The children's mother, Joann Mitchell, wept in the arms of family.
“I like would like to say to Joanne, as a parent of four children, my heart goes out to you. And anything that I or we can ever do, we are certainly there for you," said Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Classmates of 13-year-old Sade Brantley say they are overwhelmed with sadness.
“It is hard. It is really really hard here. I keep texting my friends. It's really horrible. I wish she was here for another minute so I could say hi to her. Say our goodbyes,” classmate Kayliana Proto.
"She was a nice person. She was one of the nicest kids in school that I know of," said Megan Rohne.
Hundreds gathered in Margaret-Tucker Park. Most did not know the victims personally, but felt compelled to show they care.
“I think we are just getting together for the family right now, to make sure they feel the love and feel the support," said Adam Christoferson.
"It's just devastating. Devastating. When we heard it on TV at first we were led to believe there was nobody in the house. And we were like thank God. And to find out it was a friend of hers. It's devastating. It's devastating.," said Dawn Miller.
"It's so sad. I have my little son right over here to take. And God bless if anything ever happened to him. Something like this I wouldn't know what to do. So I just feel so bad for the family. Prayers go out for them in the little babies rest in peace," said Michelle Derosa.
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