West Virginia helicopter crash victims remembered at vigil

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Friends and well-wishers who gathered in Beckley on Thursday, remembered billionaire coal executive Chris Cline as a person who used his wealth to help people in trouble, often anonymously.

Billionaire coal-mining magnate Chris Cline was among the seven people killed in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas. (Source: Marshall University/CNN)

The Register-Herald reports orthopedic surgeon Joe Prudhomme was one of several speakers at the community vigil. He told the crowd that once he and Cline stopped at a gas station and saw a sign about someone needing a bone marrow transplant.

Prudhomme says Cline covered the full cost of the stranger's operation.

Cline lived in Beckley for years when his daughter Kameron Cline was a child. That is how she and Beckley native Delaney Wykle became friends. Those three and four others were killed last week when their helicopter crashed after taking off from a remote private island in the Bahamas.