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Couple Killed In Plane Crash Were Traveling To Daughter's Volleyball Tournament

The community is rallying around the surviving siblings

June 26, 2018 - 5:23 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Krysta Boaz' parents were making the approach to Detroit City Airport in the Cessna 210 -- the next leg in the journey to watch their daughter play in a national volleyball tournament being held at Cobo Center in Detroit -- when the plane crashed killing two of the three people on board. 

While authorities continue to investigate the cause of the accident which killed the couple, unofficially identified as Greg and Julie Boaz, and left their 17-year-old son, Peyton, with critical injuries, a show of support in the city for the surviving children. 

A group that spans generations sharing their heartfelt grief for the family - whose lives were forever altered on Sunday.

As WWJ Newsradio 950's Sandra McNeill reports, the couple's daughter is competing in a national volleyball tournament at Cobo Center.

Members of the Absolute Volleyball Academy there to support Krysta Boaz.

Tara Boos' daughter plays on the same team. "Our thoughts, our hearts are with them - it's just terrible, it's tragic. Bless her heart, that's got to be a bad deal."

Tammy Stokes' daughter is playing in the tournament - they came in from Boca Raton. 

"My first thought was immediate tears, and my first thought was we should find that team and we should give them the biggest hug - we should rally around them because we are all one in this sport. It's really an emotional thing to hear and I just pray for them and I hope that everybody can say lots of prayers for them," said Stokes. 

The team is putting together an effort to help Krysta who plans to finish the tournament.  

Krysta's brother, Peyton, is still hospitalized with injuries sustained in the fiery crash. Reports saying Greg Boaz was the girl's biological father and Julie was her stepmother.

The private plane from Texas was attempting to land in a vacant field but struck a tree, flipped over and caught fire. It's possible that the plane was running out of fuel and running into some difficulty.