Newlyweds reportedly die in helicopter crash leaving their wedding

06 November, 2018, 00:03 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Will Byler and his wife Bailee Ackerman Byler. Source Facebook Eric Smith

The Houstonian, a student-led newspaper at Sam Houston State University, confirmed Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman were leaving their wedding when the helicopter went down in Central Texas.

The Uvalde County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter that it received a call at about midnight on Sunday reporting a possible downed aircraft in northwest Uvalde County, about 100 miles west of San Antonio, Texas.

According to the couple's wedding website, they were to be married Saturday in Uvalde, where the Byler family ranch is located.

The pilot, named by ABC13 as Vietnam veteran Gerald Green Lawrence, was also killed.


"We celebrated their fairy tale wedding and they were surrounded by their family and friends as they flew off in the family helicopter", Eric Smith, a family friend, posted on Facebook. "We know both families appreciate all your love, support and kindness during this time". Thousands of people commented on her post to express sorrow. Other videos showed Ackerman, wearing her white wedding gown, dancing with her bridesmaids and kissing her Byler seating in a chair at their wedding reception earlier in the evening.

The Department of Public Safety and Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what caused the crash, according to reports. "I am in awe of you, Will Byler, and I hope that everyone gets to experience a love like the one we have".

A wedding guest captured the happy couple - Ackerman in a white gown and veil and Byler in a tuxedo and cowboy hat - heading toward the doomed chopper through a row of lighted sparklers, ABC13 reported.

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