Family, friends gather to say goodbye to Gutzler family

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NASHVILLE, IL (KTVI)-The town of Nashville, Illinois is preparing for a very sad day. All this week the town has been grieving the loss of four family members who were killed in a plane crash in Kentucky. Services for three members of the Gutzler family will be held Friday morning. Hundreds of mourners gathered Thursday night at the Nashville middle and grade schools. A line stretched through the hallways as people paid their respects.

Nine-year-old Piper Gutzler and her parents Marty and Kim Gutzler along with Piper’s 14-year-old cousin Sierra Wilder died in a plane crash on Friday, January 2nd. They were all returning from a trip to Florida.

Funeral services for Sierra took place Wednesday.

The tragedy attracted world wide attention. Seven-year-old Sailor Gutzler, Kim and Marty’s daughter, was the sole survivor.

Even though injured, Sailor was able to climb from the wreckage and walk almost a mile for help. She found one of the few homes in the very rural area.

Residents of Nashville have described the Gutlzer’s as pillars of the community. The family owned a furniture store. If there was an event in town, the Gutzler’s were always involved.

Private funeral services for family and close friends will begin at 11a.m.

The plane crash victims will be cremated and an interment of their ashes will be held at a later date.