|Lenami Godinez-Avila. (Facebook)
"Prayers were said and lots of tears were shed" at a memorial Saturday for a hang-glider who fell to her death last week in B.C.
Lenami Godinez-Avila, 27, had just taken off in tandem with an instructor pilot last Saturday, when in less than 30 seconds, she fell from about 300 metres to a logged-out area in Fraser Valley.
Margit Nance, the executive director of the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada, attended the tribute and told QMI Agency that she's "still really raw about this unspeakable tragedy.
"The (hang-gliding) community here is closely knit that even though Lenami flew only one time, and for such a short time, she was one of us," Nance said from her home.
"Her favourite tree is the cherry tree and we planted a beautiful cherry tree in the spot where she fell," Nance added, her voice breaking with emotion. "It doesn't bring her back but her memory will always be with us."
Organized by the West Coast Soaring Club, the memorial was timed to coincide with Godinez-Avila's fall and was attended by 40 pilots.
Last week, police charged William Jonathan Orders, a 50-year-old hang glider pilot, with obstructing justice.