Funeral service held Friday for 2 killed in northern Minn. plane crash

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A funeral mass was held Friday morning for two people killed in a northern Minnesota plane crash.

Siblings Matthew and Alyssa Schmidt died when the plane they were in crashed into a Hermantown home.

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Loved ones gathered for the service at Church of the Risen Savior in Burnsville.

“Matt and Alyssa, we won’t stop dancing and singing down here without you, we know you’ll be right there with us,” Kim Slota, the victims’ sister, said.

“Alyssa, it’s hard to believe that you’re not here. It will be a difficult journey but I know you’re with me and even though your life has been cut short I will always cherish and be thankful for the four years that we spent together,” Amber Nasby, Alyssa’s partner, added.

Visitation services were held Thursday.

The Schmidt family released the following statement ahead of the funeral mass:

“The Schmidt family wishes to express their gratitude for the support and prayers of so many in the community and beyond at this most difficult of times.”

A GoFundMe for the family had raised $44,000, as of Friday.

The pilot of the plane, Tyler Fretland, was also killed in the crash. His funeral will be held next week in Williston, North Dakota.

The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing to investigate what may have caused the crash.