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Celebration of life service held for Shelbyville family killed in plane crash

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FAIRLAND, Ind. – A Shelby County family killed in a plane crash in Virginia last week will be remembered during a celebration of life ceremony Tuesday.

Lisa Borinstein, 52, and two of her children, 15-year old Emma Borinstein and 19-year old Luke Borinstein died when the small plane crashed and caught fire after aborting its landing at Shannon Airport, near Fredericksburg, Va.  Lisa Borinstein worked as a registered nurse in the area.  Emma was a sophomore at Triton Central High School.  Luke was a recent graduate of the high school and was attending Wabash College.

The crash also took the life of German exchange student, 15-year-old Maren Timmeran, who was living with the Borinsteins while attending Triton Central HS.

The pilot, 64-year-old William Hamerstadt, of Carmel, and 73-year-old Robert Ross also died in the crash.

Virginia State Police say the plane took off from Louisville on Friday morning and stopped in Shelbyville. It crashed into trees after aborting its landing at Shannon Airport, near Fredericksburg, Va.

State Police said the crash occurred as the 1969 Beech 95-B55 twin-engine, fixed-wing aircraft was attempting to land.  The aircraft touched down midway down the runway and the pilot then executed a “go-around,” State Police said. As he attempted to turn the plane and climb, it appears to have stalled. It then banked left and crashed in the trees before catching fire, police said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is now leading the investigation into the crash.

Northwestern Consolidated Schools of Shelby County Superintendent, Chris Hoke said Monday morning was a difficult one for many Triton Central High School students who had learned of the fatal crash over the weekend.

“I shared with the staff this morning, of all the lessons they will teach today and maybe in their careers, the lesson they will teach today to our students in how you handle events like this is the most important,” Hoke said.

“The community and the community members are rallying around each other and they’re supportive of each other and the families,” Hoke said.

The Borinsteins were active members of Brookville Road Community Church in New Palestine.  A special weekend prayer service was meant as a first step in supporting members of the Borentien family, including surviving brothers Drew and Beau.  Drew was set to graduate from Virginia Military Institute, which was the reason the family was traveling to Virginia.  Beau is Emma’s twin.

The two brothers lost their father last year, and now have lost their mother, sister and brother.

“We want to make sure that we’re there for practical needs that they’ll have,” said Brookville Road Community Church Lead Pastor, Kris Sorensen.  “I’m sure that we’ll have people bringing food and doing that kind of thing.  And making sure that the needs of the young men are met as well.”

Tuesday’s Celebration of Life Service was held in the Triton Central High School Gymnasium.  The service was open to the public.