GWEN Shamblin Lara and her family may have been en route to a MAGA-themed event in Florida when their plane went down in Tennessee on Saturday.
All seven people on board died, according to authorities.
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A Facebook post suggests Shamblin Lara and her family may have been on their way to a MAGA eventCredit: Getty Images – Getty
One of the MAGA events’ speakers said she was ‘heartbroken’ over the crashCredit: AFP
Authorities say all seven people on board are presumed deadCredit: Facebook
The Federal Aviation Administration told WTVF that the plane departed from the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport just before 11am.
It was reportedly bound for Palm Beach International Airport but never made it.
Kimberly Fletcher, who said she was “heartbroken,” shared an article of the plane crash and suggested that they were both going to be at a Make America Great Again event in Florida.
“I am in Florida…for an event I’m speaking at tomorrow,” Fletcher said on Facebook. “One of the sponsors was flying in on a private plane with some friends. The plane went down and…it looks there are no survivors.”
Kimberly Fletcher, a guest speaker at the event, expressed her sadness over the news of the plane crash on SaturdayCredit: Facebook
A group called Women Fighting for America hosted the pro-Trump event on SundayCredit: Twitter
Fletcher asked her followers to pray for the deceased and their families. She did not respond to further requests for comment.
“Please pray for them, their families and the church members where they pastor,” Fletcher said.
It is unclear which of the deceased may have been sponsoring the MAGA event. The Women Fighting for America group did not respond to a request for comment.
Federal Election Commission data shows that Lara donated at least $4,000 to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc in 2020.
Dive teams from local emergency agencies found human remains and pieces of the Cessna 501 plane that crashed on Percy Warner Lake.
Crews are flying drones as the recovery effort continues. Teams are expected to continue searching well into Sunday night and Monday.
Recovery teams are still searching for bodies and remnants of the planeCredit: Rutherford County Fire Rescue
Teams are expected to continue searching at least through MondayCredit: AP
“All indications are that a total of seven people were on board,” a release from Rutherford County officials said. All are presumed dead, the statement said.
The victims are believed to be Joe Lara, Gwen S. Lara, Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah, according to the statement.
Shamblin Lara founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in 1999 and is the author of The Weigh Down Diet.