Tragedy struck the Case Western Reserve University community on Monday night as a plane crash claimed the lives of four students. On board the plane were William Michael Felten, 20, of Saginaw, Michigan, Lucas Marcelli, 20, of Massillon, Ohio, John Hill, 18, of St. Simons, Georgia, and Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, Maryland. Felten and Marcelli were second-year students. Hill and Pishevar were first-year students.
Marcelli, Pishevar and Hill were each members of the university’s varsity wrestling team. Felten and Marcelli also were active in Greek Life on campus.
“We are truly heartbroken about these promising lives cut short,” President Barbara R. Snyder said, “and feel profound sympathy for their loved ones and friends.”
Officials are still investigating the details of the crash. The plane, a 1999 Cessna, reportedly crashed just outside the Cuyahoga County Airport about 10 o’clock Monday night.
Counseling and student affairs staff are working closely with the undergraduates’ roommates and friends to provide support and guidance. The University Counseling office is accepting walk-ins all week.