West Virginia helicopter crash victims remembered at vigil

People attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the helicopter accident Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex in Beckley, W.Va. Chris Cline, his daughter Kameron Cline, Beckley native Delaney Wykle and four others were killed last week when their helicopter crashed after taking off from a remote private island in the Bahamas. (Rick Barbero/The Register-Herald via AP)
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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP)-- Friends and well-wishers who gathered in Beckley on Thursday, remembered billionaire coal executive Chris Cline as a person who used his wealth to help people in trouble, often anonymously.

The Register-Herald reports orthopedic surgeon Joe Prudhomme was one of several speakers at the community vigil. He told the crowd that once he and Cline stopped at a gas station and saw a sign about someone needing a bone marrow transplant.

Prudhomme says Cline covered the full cost of the stranger’s operation.

Cline lived in Beckley for years when his daughter Kameron Cline was a child. That is how she and Beckley native Delaney Wykle became friends. Those three and four others were killed last week when their helicopter crashed after taking off from a remote private island in the Bahamas.

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