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Redding brothers killed in Ethiopia plane crash

Family friends say the brothers will be deeply missed

Posted: Mar 11, 2019 7:03 PM
Updated: Mar 11, 2019 8:21 PM

Two Redding brothers were among the 157 people killed in Sunday's Ethiopian plane crash.

Monday people left flowers and photos in memory of Bennett and Mel Riffel at Saint Joseph’s Church where their mother Susan Riffel has worked for years.

Mel graduated from Shasta High School in 2007, and brother Bennett in 2010.

They were coming back from a trip from Australia when the plane crashed.

Redding Chamber of Commerce president Jake Mangas is a long-time friend of the family.

He says Mel and Bennett Were the Riffels' only children.

They were well-liked and will be dearly missed.

“These are two guys that when they're in the room, you really know, it especially Mel,” Mangas said. “These guys were just wonderful, and they're going to be missed deeply by this community for those family and friends that knew them the best.”

We visited the homes of family members, but they were mourning and did not wish to speak.

But parents Ike and Susan Riffel did give a statement saying they appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the community.

And they ask that people keep them in their prayers.

A prayer offering will be held at Saint Joseph's Church Tuesday morning at 8:15.

Everyone is invited to attend and leave flowers or light a candle.

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