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Crash Victims Remembered

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RICHWOOD, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Three of the four men killed in the plane crash in Richwood lived and worked in Northeast Louisiana.

Family and friends are trying to make sense of what happened.

Co-worker, Jerry Lazenby, says "I couldn't believe it really happened, maybe it was somebody else plane or maybe it was something else surely it wasn't them, surly that's not what happened."

Family and friends are still in disbelief over the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of four men.

Max Larche's aunt, Wanda McCoy, says "they wanted to find out and of course they were hoping for the best and then got the worst news."

Larche was one of the men who left on a business trip and never made it home.

McCoy says he was a good man.

She says, "before he got on the plane yesterday morning he had them all rolling and so when he walked in a room it made a difference, he kind of lit everyone up."

Larche is a Bastrop native and was an engineer for Lazenby and Associates.

Lazenby says, "he enjoyed telling me about the different places he went and the thing they did and what him and his son did when they were hunting different places he just really enjoyed life."

Don Thompson, is a Monroe native who was a regional sales manager for Bumper to Bumper, the parent company of Replacement Parts in Little Rock.

Thompson's friend, Randy Brown, says "Don loved his family, he loved flying model airplanes I enjoyed being in a club with him for 5 or 6 years together, just always a nice guy anyway he could help you he would."

Brown, says Thompson was a great man.

Brown says, "he loved his family, he quit flying model airplanes when his son got into running and building dume buggies."

Dean Hart Sr. was a West Monroe native, who did a lot of work in the twin cities.

Lazenby says, "he made you feel at ease and really was an extremely nice person, I have a lot of admiration for Mr. Hart."

He owned Hart commercial investments, and friends says he loved his job.

Lazenby says, "he had a very outgoing personality to me I always liked him because he was always joking around with me, but you knew he was serious and he meant business."

Family and Friends say they are just taking it one day at a time.

McCoy says, "just shock and awe I guess you would say for losing somebody in this manner"

The pilot of the plane was, Mason Mauldin, of Little Rock. 

Mauldin was also a musician.

Family and friends told us they are just holding onto their faith, and trying to cope with the loss of four great men.

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