Katie Pavlich the news editor of our sister-site Townhall.com, and is a Gunsite graduate. She was on her way to an alumni event last week when the unthinkable occurred:

Over the weekend, I was back at Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona for the annual Gunsite Alumni Shoot (better known as GAS match). In case you missed my series back in April, you can check it out here.

The official shoot was on Saturday with a barbeque and get together Friday night. When I pulled up to the famous Raven gate around 4:30 pm, I knew something was wrong. There were media satellite trucks and Yavapai County Sheriff Department vehicles everywhere.

Luckily, my buddy Bob Shimizu was at the gate and he let me in. I made my way to the office and found one of my instructors, Dave Starin, and his wife, Karen, who works as a class coordinator. When I asked what was going on, they told me there had been a plane crash.

On behalf of BearingArms.com, I’d like to extend our sincere condolences to the Hughes and Parrish families, and to all the staff and students of Gunsite who mourn their passing.