Four people with ties to Northeast Texas have died in a plane crash in New Mexico.

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State police say the pilot was 33-year-old Pilot John Verhalen III of Scottsville, Texas, his girlfriend 26-year-old Jennifer Woodward, his sister 41-year-old Sarah Verhalen and her 13-year-old daughter Chloe Jameson all died in the crash near Angel Fire, New Mexico.

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The plane went down as it was taking off on Sunday afternoon. High winds at the time of the crash might have played a part in the crash. St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marshall, Texas held a prayer vigil last night to remember the victims.

"It's hard to take when you lose your whole family. Philip (John's father) had two children and a granddaughter and they were all in that plane so its, I don't know how you take that" Charles Reeves, a family member, tells KLTV Television.