It was the highest of highs. The most joyous of times. But the next day brought a moment worse than many could ever imagine.
5 years since his brother and sister-in-law were killed, Adam Hooker says the memories are still fresh in his mind.
“Every day something else reminds us of him,” said Hooker of his younger brother.
Jon and Scarlett Parsley Hooker were married on August 26, 2006. The next morning they died on the flight that was supposed to start their honeymoon to California. On Saturday, families will visit the memorial that was built in their loved ones memory.
“It’s bittersweet in the fact that we’re going to relive some of the tough memories from 5 years ago, then again to see the great work that’s gone into that, what it represents,” said Hooker.
In the 5 years since the disaster, the Hookers have found ways to give back, to help others in the wake of tragedy. Such as naming a scholarship in Jon and Scarlett’s honor.
“We usually choose two students, a male and a female, they get a scholarship to whatever college they attend,”said Hooker. He says they've awarded help to college for between 6 and 8 North Laurel High School graduates, where the two attended.
Pro baseball player Brandon Webb recently switched jerseys to wear #33, Jon’s number when the two played college ball at UK. And others constantly tell stories of how Jon and Scarlett influenced them.
“That’s good to know. In our loss, our suffering, to know they were able to touch people in the short time they were here,” said Hooker.