Texas couple killed in helicopter crash hours after wedding

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The crash occurred near Uvalde, about 85 miles (135km) west of San Antonio. The aircraft's pilot, Gerald Green Lawrence, also was killed.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, but the cause is not yet known.

According to the Sam Houston State University rodeo team Facebook page, both Will and Bailee were members of the team.

Will Byler and his bride Bailee Ackerman died when Byler's family chopper flew into the side of a hill moments after lifting off from his family's ranch in Orangefield, Texas, where the ceremony took place.

According to reports the helicopter was owned by Mr Byler's father.

Family friend Eric Smith announced the news in a Facebook post Sunday, writing: 'I'm absolutely devastated!

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One of the wedding guests shared a video with KSAT of the newlyweds taking off in the helicopter - now the last images of the couple.

Engagement photos posted on the website show Mr Byler in his cowboy hat embracing Ms Ackerman. "When Bailee met Will she completely fell in love".

Elliss said Ackerman was set to graduate in December and Will in May.

"I love them both so dearly and they will always be so special to me", Ellis said.

The Uvalde County Sheriff's Office said the department received the call at around midnight Saturday about the crash in the northwest part of the county.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which is assisting, said the aircraft "crashed under unknown circumstances in a remote area".

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