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Memorial services held Saturday for Ian Biggs and Carley McCord

Posted at 9:09 PM, Jan 04, 2020

LAFAYETTE — Services for the two remaining victims in Saturday's fatal plane crashwere held today.

Hundreds said their final goodbyes to 51-year-old Ian Biggs at the Walters funeral home and the Calvary Cemetery in Lafayette.

"It's so weird because you never expect anyone to just pass like that," said Shelby Coleman, a family friend of Biggs.

Biggs was honored for his service in the U.S. Army Reserves with a 21-gun salute. He will be remembered by many for his "love of life and captivating smile."

His family said in his obituary that Biggs' "joie de vivre was there for all to witness and enjoy."

"He was very uplifting, no matter what was going on, he was always happy. I remember Mardi Gras. We would have a float just for us, our family and their family. Krewe De Bermuda, that was the street we lived on. That's the best memory," added Coleman.

In a statement released today, Biggs' family expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the first responders and those who provided immediate help after the plane crash:

The family of Ian Biggs would like to thank Lafayette and the surrounding communities for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the first responders and all of those who provided immediate help. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of those affected by this tragedy.

Biggs was employed with Global Data Systems in Lafayette for nearly 20 years.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Ian's name to the Wounded Warrior Project at

30-year-old Carley McCord was laid to rest after private services at the St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church in her hometown of Baton Rouge.

Carley was a sports reporter at WDSU in New Orleans and also worked with the Saints and Pelicans as a sideline reporter.

WDSU showed a "long line of people" waiting to enter the church for her funeral on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

Her family set up a scholarship at Northwestern State University, where Carley was a graduate. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to the fund.

Biggs and McCord were the final two victims from the plane crash to be laid to rest.