After a fairy-tale wedding on a family ranch, a perfect day came to a tragic end. Family and friends are still trying to cope with the helicopter crash that ended the lives of newlyweds Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman.
The young couple, both seniors at Sam Houston State University, died when the helicopter they used to fly to their honeymoon crashed 100 miles east in San Antonio. The pilot, Gerald Douglas Lawrence, also perished in the accident. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the crash.
Now, those who loved the couple are trying to work through the shock and pain after such a tragedy.
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Bridesmaid Madey Pipkin left a tribute to Ackerman on Facebook.
"In the past five days I have been part of the most beautiful wedding I have ever witnessed to the most heart wrenching tragedy I can imagine. I've been with both families throughout and can honestly say the only thing that carries everyone through is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Both families have such incredible faith and Will and Bailee shared their love of our Lord. There have been so many signs of God"s presence through this. This photo was taken with my phone when they were braiding their unity cord. The three strands symbolizing Will, Bailee, and their bond being fortified with God. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. Ecc. 4:12. It"s obvious to see Them surrounded in God"s glory in this photo. Angels really do walk among us. Please let their lives be a testimony to us all to love and walk with the Lord as it could be our last. We will love you forever Will and Bailee Rae. Enjoy your forever honeymoon. 💕"
Pipkin shared beautiful photos from the day.
There are no words for the sadness the family and friends must be feeling.
The story has touched so many hearts.
@HoustonianNews This breaks my heart. May God wrap his arms around the friends and families of these two.— Cathy Ybarra (@Cathy Ybarra)1541431079.0
@HoustonianNews @codythemarine This is truly one of the most tragic stories I've read in a long time. Prayers for their families— leslie cole (@leslie cole)1541435171.0
@HoustonianNews @codythemarine This breaks my heart. Lifting their families up in prayer.— Carrie (@Carrie)1541438404.0
@HoustonianNews Literally, NOTHING sadder than this. 😭😭😭— J Cameraready gal (@J Cameraready gal)1541450370.0
@HoustonianNews My condolences to the pilot as well since the pilot was mentioned.— Ariel Thomas (@Ariel Thomas)1541447241.0
@HoustonianNews @rolandsmartin Wow! This is heartbreaking.....God Bless them! 🙏🏾— Donna Stazzone (@Donna Stazzone)1541453211.0
@HoustonianNews Absolutely heartbreaking.— The Impatient Librarian ☮ (@The Impatient Librarian ☮)1541444226.0
@HoustonianNews Praying that GOD give all of these Families Peace in the midst of the Bereavement.— Sherrell Peoples (@Sherrell Peoples)1541450719.0
@HoustonianNews The Bearkat family has lost two of its own. Very sad. They are now together for eternity. My God comfort their families.— Mark Beedlow (@Mark Beedlow)1541431767.0
@HoustonianNews This is so tragic...prayers for all those involved 🙏— Tanya Breese (@Tanya Breese)1541443599.0
@HoustonianNews @Strawberriez51 Just so heartbreaking. Not to seem un compassionate but I’m glad they went together… https://t.co/LAsalKKS6E— Renegade Cowboy ⚓️ (@Renegade Cowboy ⚓️)1541444631.0
@HoustonianNews thats soo sad god knows thats sooo sad !!! my prayers are deeply with the family. makes me wanna cr… https://t.co/cikeH5266T— •ČhëRãë’👑 (@•ČhëRãë’👑)1541443914.0
@HoustonianNews This is beyond tragic and heartbreaking. As an alumni of Sam Houston State University And houstonia… https://t.co/W1UC7RH5Vm— MLGY Office (@MLGY Office)1541482359.0
Our hearts are with the family and friends of all three victims.