4 1 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

CLEVELAND -- "This is a tragedy of immense proportions. ... We're heartbroken."

Those were the words from Case Western Reserve's vice president of student affairs, Louis Stark, speaking about the fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of four students.

Stark says counseling is being provided to students.

"We are doing everything we can to provide the students support today, tomorrow and in the months to follow."

Walk-in appointments are being provided for students wishing to talk with a counselor.

"We respect that in some instances, the act of mourning just with tears can offer the greatest comfort," Stark said.

FULL STORY: Fiery crash kills four

READ: Case Western releases statement about fatal plane crash

PHOTOS: Fatal plane crash

It was around 10 p.m. Monday when four Case students were killed after the 1999 Cessna Model 172R they were riding in crashed in Willoughby Hills. The plane crashed moments after takeoff from the Cuyahoga County Airport. Upon impact, officials say the plane burst into flames.

All four aboard were pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as follows:

  • Lucas Vincent Marcelli, 20, of Jackson Township.
  • The pilot, 20-year-old William Michael Felten, of Saginaw, Michigan.
  • Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, Maryland.
  • John Hill, 18, of St. Simons, Georgia.

Mark Hawald, Case's head wrestling coach, also spoke at the news conference.

Marcelli, Pishevar and Hill were on the wrestling team, which was supposed to start practicing in October.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

4 1 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://on.wkyc.com/1tGlMaj