Pastor says he prayed with family at Reno air race

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Posted: Sep 18, 2011 4:51 PM
Pastor says he prayed with family at Reno air race

A church pastor in Reno says he knelt and prayed with people who had just learned a family member was killed in the crash of a vintage plane into a crowd of spectators.

The Rev. Thomas Babu (ba-BOO) recounted his experience Sunday after a moment of silence at St. Michael Catholic Church for victims in the crash at the National Championship Air Races.

The church and its cinderblock steeple are just four blocks from the Reno-Stead Airport, where the Friday crash occurred. When Babu heard about the crash, he went to the scene.

Babu says the church hosted a memorial Saturday for another of the eight spectators killed in the crash of the 1940s-model P-51 Mustang. Pilot Jimmy Leeward also died.