Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.

Memorial service planned for three plane crash victims

Nov 27, 2012
Marcelo Rugini, 24, an exchange student living in Nobleboro, was one of three killed in the plane crash Nov. 16.

Orono — A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. at the University of Maine in Orono for the three men killed in a plane crash at the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head earlier this month.

Tuesday's memorial service will be held in Hauck Auditorium. Three members of Lambda Chi Alpha will eulogize the two UMaine students — David Cheney and Marcelo Rugini — and 2011 alumnus William "B.J." Hannigan III. The three men were members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Among those also expected to offer remarks will be a representative of UMaine's Greek community and Robert Dana, UMaine vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

The memorial service will be followed by a short candlelight vigil on the Mall at the steps of Fogler Library.

Cheney, 22, of Beverly, Mass., was a business major and president of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Rugini, 24, a foreign exchange student who lived in Nobleboro, and was from Muliterno, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, was an economics major.

Hannigan, 24, of South Portland, graduated from UMaine in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

The memorial service was organized by the University of Maine Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils, in conjunction with the UMaine chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Janet Eugley Spear | Dec 01, 2012 09:18

It was a beautiful memorial for these fine young men who lost their lives so unnecessarily.  We, the Spear Farm Family are greatful that we had Marcelo living here and working on our farm since 2006.  May you rest in peace.



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