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Friends and family remember local plane crash victim

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Friends and family remembered a beloved mid-Michigan man on Thursday evening with a candlelight vigil. 

Reed Phillips, 25,  and two others were riding in a small plane in northern New York on Saturday when it crashed, killing all three people inside.

Family and friends gathered at Phillips' alma mater, Bullock Creek High School, in Midland on Thursday. A sea of candles and 25 lanterns lit up the football field in Phillips' remembrance.

Friends described Phillips as one of the best people they knew. T.J. Kissane said he'll miss his friend's quirks most, especially his classic "Reed face."

Kody King laughed as he remembered Phillips' need to get up early. "Reed always had to get up six hours before had to do anything."

Childhood friend Michael Foot said he'll miss Phillips' selflessness, "He'd always be there for you," Foot said. "No matter what. It'd be pouring rain and you'd have a flat tire and the kid would be out there changing it for you."

While Max DeFever described him as a very popular guy, "Reed didn't even have a best friend," DeFever said. "I would say he had 10 best friends or 20 best friends, because he did."

Friends hope others will be inspired to "Live Like Reed." Chad Williams created the hashtag because he said it describes Phillips' lust for life.

"Reed lived a life that, in my mind, everybody should live - everyday to the fullest."

Phillips' friends set up the Reed Phillips Family Fund to help his family with expenses. Phillips' funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Memorial Presbyterian Church.

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