Community comes together to support brothers who lost family in plane crash

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FAIRLAND, Ind. -- More than a thousand people packed into a high school gymnasium Tuesday to remember four people killed in a plane crash over the weekend.

Triton Central High School held a Celebration of Life service for Lisa Borinstein, her 19-year-old son Luke, 15-year-old daughter Emma, and their German foreign exchange student Maren Timmerman, also 15.

The four, along with two other men, were killed in a plane crash in Fredericksburg, Virginia on Friday. They were on their way to see the oldest Borinstein son, Drew, graduate from the Virginia Military Institute.

"This is amazing, to see this outpouring of love and care and prayers and concerns," Lisa's brother, Bill Borinstein, said.

The service focused largely on the family's unwavering faith in God and their affect on the close-knit Shelby County community.

It also centered on lifting up Drew and his brother Beau, 15, who are the only surviving members of their immediate family. Their father passed away last year.

"You two are such an encouragement to me and I want you to know I love you," said Pastor Paul Romoser of Brookville Road Community Church.

During the service, the family played a video of Luke speaking in church last year. A sophomore at Wabash College, he had just completed a mission trip in Peru, where he wrote a passage that he would have read Sunday. That passage was printed in the program and read out loud by another Pastor.

Teacher Jeff Wilson spoke about each family member's unique traits and shared memories. He also encouraged people to live their lives the way the Borinstein's did.

"Triton Central is a much better place because of their commitment to God first, their family second, and their community third and each one of us tonight has the choice to do the same thing and continue their legacy in the years to come," Wilson said.

A scholarship fund is set up for the surviving sons. Contributions can be made at the following:

Drew & Beau Borinstein Scholarship Fund
c/o Erlewein Mortuary
1484 W. US Hwy 40
Greenfield, IN 46140

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