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Joseph Mayo said he and his brother learned to fly airplanes before they were old enough to drive cars.
"He's an incredibly careful, well-trained pilot. He had his instrument rating," Joseph Mayo said. "It wasn't all that exciting flying with him, because he was always worried and concerned and double checking and all that."
The grief of many of the Shattuck-St. Mary's classmates of Chester Jr. and Wang, and that of UW-Stout friends of Creger, was reflected in Facebook.com postings by their friends.
Creger, an art and multimedia design major at UWStout, was a 2006 graduate of Faribault High School, according to her Facebook page. Friends started a Facebook group called "I can't believe Corey's gone," and posted poems and memories describing her as sweet and mischievous.
UW-Stout e-mailed students Monday with the news of Creger's death and said grief counselors would be available.
Brian Pfenning, a friend and former classmate of Wang's, said Chester Jr. and Wang were returning to school after the Thanksgiving break.
Wang "was just a great guy," Pfenning said. "It's a loss of two great kids."
Pfenning said Wang was fun-loving and had an artistic streak. "He always made me smile and laugh," he said.
Shattuck-St. Mary's officials declined to comment, and Creger's family did not want to address the media.