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Stacey McManus kept teaching Vacation Bible School at Christ Church, even though her children had grown too old to attend, said McLeod, the church’s rector.

This is the latest tragedy for his church and its 4,000 members. On June 28, a longtime church member died in a small plane crash in Summit Lake, Alaska. On June 9, two other members died from carbon monoxide poisoning after accidentally turning on their car with a keyless starter, authorities said.

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McLeod pauses when asked what he’ll tell grieving church members.

"It is a reminder to all of us that life is fragile and life is a gift from God," he said, adding "we believe with every fiber of our being that they are in heaven and we will be reunited again one day."


Rachel D’Oro contributed to this report from Anchorage, Alaska.

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