Kannapolis, NC - KANNAPOLIS, NC (WMBF/WBTV) - A wave of grief has spread across the town of Kannapolis, NC, after its residents learned three of their own were killed in a North Myrtle Beach plane crash on Wednesday night.
Danny Carroll, 54, Raychel Carroll, 66, and their 4-year-old granddaughter, identified as Mallory Fields, were killed after their Piper PA-28 Cherokee plane crashed five miles from the Grand Strand Regional Airport.
Officials said the plane crashed at the Creekside Mobile Home Park off Little River Neck Road shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Multiple 911 calls were made around 8:50 p.m. in regards to the incident, according to North Myrtle Beach spokeswoman Nicole Aiello said.
The trio, according to flight records, took off from Grand Strand Regional Airport en route to Concord, NC.
As word of the incident spread throughout Kannapolis on Thursday, those closest to the family said they were deeply saddened by the sudden, tragic loss.
"Danny was one of those people who gets the job done [by] working behind the scenes, or wherever," Kannapolis Mayor Bob Misenheimer said. "He was an awfully good man."
Misenheimer was a close friend of Carroll, who described the 54-year-old as an active member of the Kannapolis Rotary Club and his church.
His wife, Raychel, was a teacher fondly remembered by Misenheimer's daughter.
"She told me she still remembered the things that she taught her," Misenheimer said. "She must have been a pretty good teacher."
In addition to Carroll's active membership in a number of community groups, the 54-year-old was also a partner of Lady's Funeral Home for more than 30 years. Carroll's business partner, Michael Reavis, said Carroll was one of the finest men he had ever known.
Danny and Raychel Carroll are survived by their two daughters, husbands and five grandchildren.