The community is grieving the death of a Naples native, his wife and their two children, who died Friday in a plane crash in Colorado.
Jeff Makepeace, 47; his wife Jennifer, 45; and their 10-year-old children, Addison and Benjamin, were flying from Fort Collins to Moab, Utah when the plane went down about 10 miles north of Glenwood Springs.
A longtime Colorado resident, Jeff grew up in Naples and kept close ties with his hometown family and friends.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash. According to the FAA, the Cirrus SR22 disappeared below radar late Friday night and crashed under unknown circumstances.
“Our family’s hearts have been broken by this tragic accident. Our grief cannot be defined and will be prolonged. But our memories of this amazing family will last forever,” the families released in a statement. They thanked first responders, search-and-rescue crews, law enforcement and others.