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More than 1,000 attend memorial for Gadsden family members killed in CO plane crash

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L-R: Katrina, Kobe and Xander Barksdale, Source: Facebook L-R: Katrina, Kobe and Xander Barksdale, Source: Facebook
Seth McDuffie. Source: Facebook Seth McDuffie. Source: Facebook
James "Jimmy" Hill. Source: Family photo James "Jimmy" Hill. Source: Family photo

Tuesday evening, loved ones said goodbye to four family members killed in a plane crash in Colorado March 22.

Katrina Barksdale, 40, her sons Kobe, 11, and Xander, 8, and their cousin Seth McDuffie, 14, perished in the crash along with pilot James "Jimmy" Hill, 48. Hill and Barksdale were described as friends by those who knew them. Hill was laid to rest Monday in Etowah County.

The group was reportedly headed to a location in Colorado for Spring Break when their plane crashed into a reservoir south of the Montrose Regional Airport. 

Early Tuesday evening, more than 1,000 people attended a standing-room only service to pay their final respects to the Barksdales and McDuffie.

Kevin Moore, a McDuffie family friend, says this week has been an emotional one.

"Just didn't have any words to say," he said. "Just what can you say about something like that."

After news of the plane crash, he says the community has come together to support all of the affected families.

"This area, whenever something tragic happens like this we all kind of reach out to each other," Moore said.

A private burial was held Tuesday morning for the Barksdales and McDuffie. Then, at 4:30 p.m. more than 1,200 people filled Crosspoint Community Church to pay their last respects.

"This is an incredible love for these families and a time to be together," Rainbow Presbyterian Robbie Hendrick said.

Hendrick says the McDuffies are members of his church and the Barksdales would visit every now and then.

"The beauty of this is watching those communities come together as one," Hendrick said. "We're going to be playing Katrina's favorite music and Seth's favorite music and I'm going to bring a message and we have several people who are going to speak regarding their lives."

Hendrick says the outpouring of love at the service was a visible thing.

In lieu of flowers, two memorial funds have been set up for Mitchell Elementary School, where the Barksdale boys attened, and Westbrook Christian School where McDuffie attended.

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