A Final, Heartwrenching Goodbye

Hundreds of family and friends and several members of the military lined up outside a Bonita church Saturday to attend a funeral for four people killed this week in a jet fighter crash in San Diego.

"I would just say that the Yoon family have been sustained by their own personal faiths and have shown remarkable grace and they have all of our respect and our deepest sympathy at this time," said Major General Michael R. Lehnert.

The pilot involved in the crash did not attend the funeral.

Services for the Yoon family started at 1 p.m. at Glenn Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita in the 3800 block of Bonita Road. A viewing was also held Friday evening.

"We come together in grief, acknowledging our human loss, terrible human loss," said a family pastor during the service.

Dong Yoon's brother also spoke and thanked the community for it's support. "Thank you to all who have offered their condolences and support to my family and to share their sorrow from this tragic accident nobody expected. Thank you, again," he said

Killed in the crash were Young Mi Yoon 36; her two baby daughters, Grace and Rachel; and her mother, Suk Im Kim, 60, who was visiting from her home in South Korea.  The victims were all at the family's home in University City when an F/A-18D Hornet crashed.

An Marine Corps Air Station representative told NBC 7/39 that the Secretary of the Navy approved emergency funding for the Yo on family on Wednesday night. The money will be used to help pay for his family's burial.

Neighbors and church leaders said Young Mi Yoon was a religious woman who sought to balance family and career. She was preparing to become a registered nurse, her job in Korea.

Support was pouring in at the Korean United Methodist Church for Dong Yoon.  Members say they've been receiving hundreds of calls and emails every day, from complete strangers, who are offering their help.

"They have been offering them their homes, realizing that Mr. Yoon no longer has a home to stay in right now. We've had professionals offer their expertize, grief counseling," Pastor Sam Nam said.

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