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Rosemarie McGrath Testa still wears her oldest son’s wedding ring on her finger. She also wears a silver necklace with the words engraved on it that she is known to often say: Let go and let God.
ROMULUS, Mich. — Family members of those who died in a plane crash near Detroit Metropolitan Airport 25 years ago held a memorial Thursday night at the crash site.
Every time Karl Sup of Mesa is in Detroit for business, he stops by the black granite memorial near Interstate 94 and Middle Belt Road in Romulus, Mich. He’s there to remember a friend whose name is etched alongside with 155 others.
Karl Sup, a computer software engineer for JDA Software in Scottsdale, remembers friend Mike Sullivan who was among 156 people killed in the crash of Northwest Flight 255 on August 16, 1987 as it left the Detroit Metropolitan-Wayne County Airport on its way back to Phoenix. Sullivan, 27, of Chandler and Sup, now 48, of Mesa, met playing sand volleyball at Minder Binder’s in Tempe nearly 30 years ago. Of the 156 people who died in the plane crash, 110 were from Arizona and 32 were from the East Valley. Cecelia Cichan, then 4, formerly of Tempe, was the sole survivor in that crash. She will speak out about the crash for the first time in a forthcoming documentary, “Sole Survivor,” about the sole survivors of plane crashes. (Photo courtesy of Karl Sup).
In a Oct. 9, 1987 file photo, Cecelia Cichan sits on her hospital bed before her release from the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Cichan was the lone survivor on board the Northwest Airlines flight 255 that crashed Aug. 16, 1987 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Cichan discussed the crash for "Sole Survivor," an upcoming documentary featuring stories of plane crash survivors. Thursday, Aug.16, 2012 marks 25 years since the crash in the Detroit suburb of Romulus kiled 154 people on board, including Cecilia's parents and brother. A memorial event is scheduled for Thursday in Romulus, The Detroit News reported. (AP Photo, File) (AP Photo, File)