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Girl 10, and mom among those presumed dead

Destinique Wilson, who would have been 11 in two months, and her mother, Desiree Russell, were among the six people who were killed when a small plane crashed near Mastic Point, Andros, on Wednesday.

Destinique’s grandmother, Eleanor Wilson, said the family is trying to hold it together.

“Her mother had taken her to the doctor on Monday, but she complained that she had chest pains and back pains, so the doctor gave her a letter to carry Destinique in to Nassau for an X-ray,” Wilson said.

“She was taking her in to Nassau for a checkup.”

Wilson described her granddaughter as a happy child who loved her family and loved to laugh.

“She liked to play sports,” she said. “She loved her grandmother, of course.

“They lived with me during summers and they went to church at our church when they were here.

“They had a lot of other family members who loved them as well.”

Destinique was the head girl at her school and was preparing to go into the seventh grade at North Andros High School.

“She was a smart girl,” Wilson said. “She made over three point grade point average.”

“Right now, I [am] trying to hold it the best I can, and so is my immediate family.

“My daughter and my other three sons, and the grand uncles and the grand aunts, they are holding it together.”

Destinique was one of her mother’s five children.

One of her brothers, age 12, was taken to be with his mother’s family in Lowe Sound, Andros, on Wednesday night, his grandmother said.

“He seems like he is trying to hold it too,” Wilson said. “I gave him a hug and he looked like he wanted to go in tears because him and his mom and sister and brothers, they were all very close.”

Destinique’s father, who was in Nassau, was too emotional to speak about the tragedy yesterday.

Officials involved in the recovery effort found human remains believed to be those of victims from the crash.

They also recovered portions of the wreckage as well as the pilot’s logbook.

The pilot was identified as Darren Clarke, 42.

Relatives described him as soft-spoken and kind, and said he had always dreamed of being a pilot.

Sloan Smith

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications

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