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Church remembers Thomson plane crash victims

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There were tears, hugs, and messages for ones gone far too soon.

But at Revivify Church's Memorial Service for the five victims in Wednesday's fatal jet crash in Thomson, there was also hope.

"The world is full of suffering, but it is also full of overcoming," Vein Guys' employee Julia Campbell read at the service. "And that is exactly what we will do. We will overcome."

Five members of the Vein Guys medical practice were killed Wednesday night when their plane crashed near the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport.

On Sunday, Evans' Revivify Church hosted members of the victims' families and the Vein Guys family.

Reverend Jason Mitchem says he wants the families and friends to know understanding is out there.

"The normal questions are why? Why did this happen? Why did it have to happen?," says Rev. Mitchem. "Whether it's days or weeks or years, maybe not even in this lifetime, he will give us purpose, and he will give us the answer."

He says the service was important to his church. Two of its members are Vein Guys employees, and both spoke at the service.

But Mitchem says it was also important for the CSRA as a whole.

"We just wanted to do something for the community to maybe open up the door for healing," he says.

Mitchem says the five who perished leave behind lasting legacies, and we should never forget them.

"I think is a tremendous example about how all of us should be," he says. "We need to build this community, and they led the way in that."

For now, the losses are still so painful, the grief so strong.

But Mitchem says families and friends will heal, with hope for understanding and memories.

"Remembering all the joy they brought to us while on this earth, and hope that we will see them again in the end of our days," reads Vein Guys' employee Natalie Godfrey.

During the service, the church took up an offering to give to the families' memorial funds.

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