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Funerals begin for bride and groom killed en route to honeymoon

November 9, 2018

Hundreds gathered in Vidor Thursday to mourn a young bride and groom who died in a helicopter crash shortly after their wedding.

Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman Byler, both 24, were en route to the airport to start their honeymoon when the helicopter crashed in Uvalde County, killing them and the pilot, 76-year-old Gerald Douglas Lawrence.

So many people attended the first of two joint visitation and funeral services that attendees were forced to park in the open field behind Turning Point Church.

Bailee Byler was a graduate of Orangefield High School; she and Will Byler met at Sam Houston State University.

Mourners exchanged hugs as they walked past the two hearses that brought the bodies to the church and will deliver them on Friday to Bellville United Methodist for a second round of services. The couple will be buried side by side in the Byler family cemetery in Uvalde after a graveside service.

Many took to Facebook to memorialize the couple. One of the most-shared tributes was penned by a photographer with Madi Wagner Photography who took their engagement shots earlier this year.

“These two spent their last day on this earth celebrating their most cherished loved ones ,” the photographer wrote. “I believe it was truly the best day of their lives.”

An obituary for Will Byler described the couple’s love for each other as “too perfect for this broken world” and concluded they will “spend an eternal honeymoon together.”

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