SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – On December 8, 2008, a tragedy occurred at University City after an F-18 fighter plane crashed into two houses.
The accident started several fires and killed four members of the same family.
Choko McConnell witnessed the 2008 crash saying there was nothing but red flames and a deep sound boom.
McConnell lived just across the street from where the tragedy occurred
The youngest victims of the accident were only 7 weeks and 15 months old, died along with their mother and grandmother.
Ten years later, four trees are now planted in the honor of the Yoon family at University Village Park.
Neighbor, Pia Mantovani-Sud organized the memorial on Saturday and the dedication of the tree, where city leaders and first responders joined the community in commemoration.
At the exact time of the accident, 11:58 a. m., the whole crowd bowed its head for a moment of silence when the accident occurred ten years earlier.
The witnesses of the day of the accident reminded the pilot, LT. Dan Neubauer in shock after ejecting his F / A-18.
Authorities say that Neubauer was flying with an engine for almost one hundred miles.
Neighbors say it's great to finally have a memorial in place.
Ruth DeSantis, of the University City Foundation, said: "May these trees remind us that the roots of the trees penetrate the earth, that we are deeply rooted in our community and find consolation among us. "
During the ceremony, each name was read aloud when a bell rang.
The organizers tried to locate the only survivor of the Yoon family who was at work during the accident, but they were
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