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Another tragedy hits my high school class

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Two years ago, cancer claimed Shannon at age 28. She was the first high school classmate of mine to pass away. Thursday night, a second classmate, James, was killed in a small plane crash in Florida. He was a Navy pilot who had just gotten his flight instructor’s license on Tuesday. James was teaching his 18-year-old cousin in his RV4 (similar to pictured). Apparently, it was their first lesson together, and something went terribly wrong. Investigators think weather was a factor, but details are slow in coming. I wasn’t terribly close to James, but it’s still shocking and sad. For as long as I knew him, he was extremely passionate about flying, and always dreamed of being a pilot. Just awful news all around.


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