Crash of Flight 5191

Pop star Littrell will sing at memorial

Lexington native and pop music superstar Brian Littrell will participate in the citywide memorial service Sunday at Rupp Arena for victims of the crash of Comair Flight 5191.

Littrell was part of the Backstreet Boys, the chart-topping vocal quintet.

Sarah Darnall, an organizer of the memorial who works in Mayor Teresa Isaac’s office, says Littrell was “eager to participate.”

Flight 5191 crashed during takeoff early on the morning of Aug. 27, killing 49 people.

Littrell grew up in Lexington and graduated from Tates Creek High School. He now lives in Atlanta with his wife, Leighanne, and their 3-year-old son, Baylee.

Earlier this year, Littrell embarked on a solo career in the contemporary Christian music market with his debut album, Welcome Home.

Among the album’s faith-based tracks was Gone Without Goodbye, a song about people who lost loved ones in tragedy. It opens with a verse about a woman and her daughter-in-law looking for a victim of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

On Sunday, Littrell will sing toward the end of the service. Darnall said organizers do not know what he will be singing, yet.

She did ask that Littrell’s fans remember Sunday’s event will be a memorial service -- not a place for screaming fans or autograph-seekers.

“This is a memorial service for the victims,” Darnall said. “It is our time to mourn and grieve. Mr. Littrell wants to be a part of that, but it is not a concert.

“Please respect the families of the victims, who will be there.”


Citywide memorial

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Rupp Arena

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