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The couple was killed in a helicopter crash after his own wedding

A young couple from Texas was killed when a helicopter that led them away from their own wedding crashed on Saturday night.

Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman Byler both studied at Sam Houston State University. Her deaths were first reported by the student newspaper.

The crash occurred near Uvalde, about 135 km west of San Antonio.

In social media, wedding guests have expressed their condolences in the subtitles of wedding photos.

"I'm absolutely devastated!" A friend wrote on Facebook, adding that the plane's pilot was also killed.

In a statement, the university's student president said the couple will "always be remembered by their friendly hearts and uplifting spirits."

Another friend wrote on Instagram: "I have peace in the fact that you have left this earth full of happiness and love, how fantastic to spend your honeymoon with Jesus.

"So thankful that we spent those last days with you, our hearts hurt now, but we know that this is not forever."

The two married just over an hour before their helicopter crashed on the ranch of the Byler family in South Texas.

According to the university newspaper The Houstonian, Will Byler had studied agricultural engineering and was a member of the school's rodeo team.

Bailee Ackerman Byler studied agricultural communication.

Both were at the university last year.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the accident was a Bell 206B – a two-cylinder twin-engine helicopter.

The wreckage of the crash was discovered on Sunday morning. The local police say there were several casualties, but the victims were not officially named.

A wedding website revealed a statement from the company on Monday: "Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are a huge loss to this family.

"We know that both families appreciate all their love, support and kindness during this time."

Pilot Gerald Green Lawrence was also identified as among the dead.

His stepdaughter told ABC that he was a captain of the army and had served in Vietnam.


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