Public memorials have been planned to remember three of the people from San Luis Obispo County who were killed in an airplane crash in Mexico last week.
A public memorial honoring Dr. Graciela Sarmiento of Arroyo Grande is planned for 1 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, located at 501 Fair Oaks Ave. in Arroyo Grande.
The following day, friends and family will pay tribute to Dr. James Thornton, a plastic surgeon who lived in Arroyo Grande and kept his office in San Luis Obispo. A public service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 981 Marsh St. in San Luis Obispo.
A candlelight vigil for former Cal Poly student Andrew Thiel is set for 5 p.m. Monday at the University Union Plaza on the campus.
Funeral arrangements for the fourth person killed in the crash, Roger Lyon of Cayucos, are being handled by Reis Family Mortuary. A date for his service has not yet been set.
Sarmiento, Thornton, Lyon and Thiel were on a medical mission with the all-volunteer group, the Flying Samaritans, when their plane crashed in Baja California.
— Stacy Daniel