Crash of Flight 5191

Prayer service draws connections far, wide

Bonnie Erdeman of Lexington didn’t know anyone on Comair Flight 5191, but she went to the community prayer service at Centenary United Methodist anyway. Someone in her Sunday school class knew someone as did her sister.

She came to pray and to show support, she said.

“It touched my life too,” Erdeman said before the service started last night.

Erdeman wasn’t alone. R.J. and Jane Bontrager, of Lexington, knew a young man at their church whose wife is a cousin of the pilot who died.

“We’re supporting them,” R.J. Bontrager said.

It is a tragedy that touched many lives, said David R. Thomas, senior pastor at Centenary. Many knew someone who knew someone, he said, recounting his own distant connections to those who died.

About 140 people attended the evening service, not counting the church choir or the 24 members of the media.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher spoke, remembering the dead for the intimate roles they played in life.

“Lost were moms and dads, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, cousins and neighbors, and very dear friends,” Fletcher said.

The Methodist bishop for Kentucky, James King, said that the tragedy of Comair 5191 called for the community come together.

A woman in Carolyn Figg’s Sunday school class lost her husband.

“There’s just such an empty feeling in my heart,” Figg said. “I just don’t know how to express it.”

Bill Daugherty knew Pat Smith, a long-time volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

“Our sons played soccer together at Lexington Catholic,” Daugherty said. “He was a super guy.”

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