Donita Naylor Journal Staff Writer donita22

One of the five people who died Sunday in the crash of a small plane taking off from Bartow, Florida, was a teacher from Rhode Island and leaves two young daughters and a fiance living in Lakeland, Fla., according to her obituary.

Krista Clayton, 32, was born in Westerly and grew up in Charlestown, graduating from Chariho High School and the University of Rhode Island, said the Lakeland Funeral Home obituary.

She was a family friend of the four others who died:

– Lakeland lawyer John Shannon, 70, was the pilot for a Christmas Eve day trip to Key West.
– His daughter Olivia Shannon, 26, a student at Southeastern University.
– His daughter Victoria Shannon Worthington, 26, a Baltimore teacher.
– Victoria’s husband, Peter Worthington Jr., 27, a law student at the University of Maryland.

The private plane tried to take off in heavy fog and crashed at the end of the runway. It was engulfed in flames when rescuers arrived, the Associated Press reported.

Memorial services will take place in Rhode Island as well as Lakeland, but details are not yet available. The obituary is at http://www.lakelandfuneralhome.com/tributes/Krista-Clayton

Family members and friends created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the Rhode Island service and for family members to travel.

The page is at https://www.gofundme.com/kristaclayton

Clayton leaves her daughters, Lucy and Lila Rachlin; her parents, parents, Susan and Phillip Clayton; her five siblings, Phillip, Matthew, Bonnie, Mary Grace and Michael, and her fiance, Marc Rachlin.

“This is a tragedy at any time, but it is so much worse because it happened on Christmas Eve,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
 
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

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