Brian Williams Remembered at Candlelight Vigil - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Brian Williams Remembered at Candlelight Vigil

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Family and friends of Brian Williams held a candlelight vigil in Coeur d' Alene to remember the life he lived. Williams was one of four people who died when their plane crashed during a sightseeing trip on Sunday.

28-year-old Brian Williams grew up in Coeur d'Alene and was a graduate from Lake City High School in 1999.

Brian's family says he was a philosopher, a mountaineer, an athlete and a musician. He was currently perusing a career as a lawyer studying environmental studies and law at the University of Montana. His father Gary says his goal were to preserve and fight for the world he loved.

"It was truly his passion, truly his passion," said Gary Williams.

Brain was the cousin of Drew Swank, the Valley Christian High School football player who died during a football game last fall. The Williams family is now receiving strength and support from the Swank family during this difficult time.

The bodies of all 4 aboard the plane have been recovered from the site of the small plane crash. Lake County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carey Cooley says recovery crews had a difficult time making progress through dense forest to the site on a remote, rugged hillside near the National Bison Range. A saw team cleared enough trees and underbrush in the area to allow a helicopter to hoist the bodies at about 8 p.m. Thursday.

Authorities found the wreckage Wednesday about 80 miles south of Kalispell after a 2½-day ground and air search. On board were 25-year-old pilot Sonny Kless, 28-year-old Brian Williams, as well as two reporters for the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell, 27-year-old Erika Hoefer and 23-year-old Melissa Weaver.

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