A GoFundMe page set up for a family that lost three members due to a plane crashing into their Maryland home has raised nearly $100,000. Flocks of supporters have also taken to Ken Gemmell’s Facebook page to offer their remorse during a surely trying time.
The bodies of Marie Gemmell, 36, her infant and her 3-year-old son were found in the family’s second-floor bathroom in Gaithersburg, Maryland after a plane crash on Monday. It appeared as though the mom’s final act was trying to protect her sons with her own body after the private jet crashed into their home and erupted into flames, officials said.
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“The way they found them, it looked like she was trying to shelter them from the smoke and fire,” Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks told ABC News today.
“You think you’re safe in your house,” he added. “You have a baby six weeks ago and you’re staying home. … Unbelievable.”
Ken Gemmell and their oldest child, 5, were not home when the jet crashed, authorities said.
The plane was en route to the Montgomery County Airpark a mile away when it crashed and exploded into pieces, officials said. One of the wings, which had fuel inside, catapulted into Gemmell’s home, causing it to burst into flames.
Two other homes were also damaged in the plane crash.
All three people aboard the jet, coming from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died in the crash. Dr. Michael Rosenberg, founder and CEO of a clinical research organization in North Carolina, is among the passengers who died in the fiery plane crash, according to a statement from Health Decisions. Authorities have not yet released the names of the other two victims aboard the plane.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash and has recovered the jet’s data recorders.
“Our mission is to find out not only what happened but why it happened, because we want to make sure something like this never happens again,” the NTSB’s Robert Sumwalt said at a news conference on Monday.