Tragic Reno crash won't end Kansas family reunion

September 21, 2011 - 5:00 PM
Air Show Crash Victims

This 2010 photo provided by the Elvin family via the Renown Regional Medical Center shows from left, Bill Elvin, Linda Elvin, Brian Elvin, Cherie Elvin and Chuck Elvin in the stands during the2010 Reno Air Show in Reno, Nev. Officials confirmed Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 that Cherie Elvin, was one of 11 killed from the Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 air race crash which also injured the four members of the Elvin family in the photograph. (AP Photo)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Members of a Kansas family say they won't let the death of their matriarch in that tragic crash at the Reno Air Races keep them from holding their annual, mini-family reunion at the event in the years ahead.

Seventy-one-year-old Cherie Elvin was among the 11 people killed at Reno-Stead Airport five days ago. Her husband, two adult sons and one of their wives were among the 70 injured.

On Wednesday, one of her unhurt sons, Jim Elvin, gathered with other family to tell reporters his mother died doing what she loved best and there "wasn't anyplace else she'd rather be."

Cousin Allen Martin Elvin says the family wants everyone to know that as tragic as it was, Cherie wouldn't want the accident to bring an end to the air races.