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Family of 7 killed in Alabama plane crash

DEMOPOLIS, AL (WTVM) - A community in mourning after a tragic accident claims the lives of a young family.  Fred Teutenberg, his wife Terresa, their 2 daughters, Emma and Ellie, and their 3 sons Peyton, Brendon, and Will  ranging in ages 2 to 10 were all killed when their plane crashed in Demopolis, Alabama.

"They loved with everything, they gave with everything , they served with everything. When you think of the Teutenbergs you think of somebody you want to know and be with."

Allison Posell knew the family from church.  Now, she is helping as a counselor for the children and staff of Discovery Learning Academy in Niceville Florida owned by Terresa Teutenberg.

The Director of the daycare center, Jennifer Langston, said she, the children, and the staff will greatly miss the family. 

"Terresa was a sister to me. She was like our family. One breath, one second, one kid at a time. When I look at the kids faces I know this is where Terresa wants me to be," said Langston.  

The family of seven, with Mr. Teutenberg as the pilot, was on their way home to Niceville, Florida from a family reunion in St. Louis to make it to church on Sunday morning. 

Federal investigators, like Eric Alleyne with the National Transportation Safety Board, say Teutenberg reported engine problems at 18,000 ft.

Investigators say the plane was diverted to a small airport outside of Demopolis, but crashed in the woods about two miles away.  Investigators say it may take 6 months to a year to discover why the family's plane crashed.

"It's in a swampy area.  The air craft has signs of fire, and I would say the wreckage path is not that long.  Probably about 75 yards," said Alleyne.

Greg McKinnon, the Teutenberg's pastor said their church and community will mourn the loss of a family they loved so much.

"It's hard to even to describe the Teutenbergs. When you see seven members of that family come into church they just light up the church."

A teenage daughter of Ms. Teutenberg's was not on the plane.

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