ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A vigil was held at the University of Maine Tuesday night to remember three fraternity brothers who lost their lives in a plane crash this month.
Seniors David Cheney of Beverly, Massachusetts and Marcelo Rugini of Muliterno, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and alumnus William 'B.J.' Hannigan III of South Portland died on November 16. A small plane they were flying in went down not long after taking off from Knox County Regional Airport.
All three men were members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at the university and were heavily involved in campus life.
Rugini was an exchange student from Brazil who worked for campus dining. Hannigan was a recent engineering graduate from the university and member of the Maine Air National Guard and Cheney was the president of the fraternity.
Friends say the students were caring and worked in service to others.
"We grieve obviously but we don't focus on that grief," said Joshua Stanhope, who is the president of the U. Maine Interfraternity Greek Council, "We go forward...we move forward...and we do what those brothers would have wanted us to do and that is move forward and think about other people."
The crash that killed the students is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. At this point it is expected to take several months.