A Baylor University student, along with a preacher at Family Baptist Church in Laredo, died in a plane crash shortly after taking off from Laredo International Airport late last week.

Baylor sophomore Robert Marshall, 19, and pastor Kelle David Hein, 56, were killed Thursday after the twin-engine Piper PA-31 aircraft they were in crashed for an unknown reason, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. They were the only two people on the plane, but FAA records do not indicate who was flying.

Marshall was in his first semester at Baylor and was studying aviation sciences, Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said.

Marshall had already made an impact during his short time at Baylor, Trey Cade, director of the Baylor Institute for Air Science, wrote in a statement to students Monday.

“Aviation is a close-knit community, and Robert will be greatly missed here at Baylor by his fellow students, as well as our faculty and staff,” Cade wrote.

The university’s chaplain and counseling officials met with faculty and students in aviation classes Monday. The school will continue to offer support and resources to students as needed, Fogleman said.

“Our hearts are broken at this tragic loss of life. Robert was in his first semester at Baylor, and he already was known as an outstanding student and a fine young man,” according to a university statement. “Our Baylor family joins together in prayer for both families and their communities as they grieve their loss.”

Services for Marshall remained pending Tuesday.

Robert R. Marshall, of Bruni, and his wife, Amy Marshall, are the registered owners of the aircraft, according to FAA records. Their relationship to the student who died could not be confirmed Tuesday.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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