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Indiana campus holds tribute for five who died in plane crash

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Garth Eppley and Georgina Joshi had planned to join about 300 other chorus members and an orchestra yesterday to perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Indiana University's Musical Arts Center.

Instead, the concert was dedicated to them and three other graduate students from the university's school of music who died in a plane crash Thursday.

As the investigation into the crash continued, family and friends were holding tributes to the students. Yesterday's concert was expanded to include more than 300 singers, because other students have requested to be a part of the performance, officials said.

''It's very, very difficult to get your mind around the events . . . and around the magnitude of the loss," Richards said.

The students killed in the crash were identified as Joshi, 24, of South Bend; Eppley, 25, of Wabash; Zachary Novak, 25, of Anderson; Robert Samels, 24, of Medina, Ohio; and Chris Carducci, 28, of Monroe, Mich.

They were in a single-engine Cessna 206 that crashed in dense fog near the Monroe County Airport as they were returning to Bloomington after a rehearsal for a concert in West Lafayette, about 90 miles north of the school.

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