PORT ALLEN, La (BRPROUD) — Port Allen High School and the Port Allen Band of Blue is mourning the loss of their senior trumpet player, 17-year-old Ian Kirby.
According to the school, Kirby was killed in a sightseeing plane crash in Colorado with his mother, Sandra Kirby, and sister, Amanda Kirby, on Sunday morning. West Baton Rouge school officials said Amanda was an incoming eighth grader and aspiring clarinet player for the high school’s band
The Port Allen Band of Blue released the following statement on their Facebook page:
“Ian was a wonderful friend and a great musician who had a promising future. You are already missed Ian. May you rest in peace. Please pray for the Band Of Blue.”
Port Allen High School shared the following statement Monday, July 25:
Counselors will be available at the school on Monday.
Colorado authorities responded to the July 17 plane crash after 9:41 a.m. in the Lefthand Canyon Drive area. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said firefighters on the scene reported a destroyed single-engine plane with one deceased at the time. The one-half-acre fire was contained by fire crews and water was dropped by helicopter to reduce the fire’s reach.
The sheriff’s office said the plane’s crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
A GoFundMe has been created by a relative of the Kirby family to raise funds for a memorial service. To make a donation, click here.