Baltimore teacher and her UMd. law student husband killed in Florida plane crash

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Olivia Shannon, Victoria Shannon-Worthington, Peter Worthington, Jr. and John Shannon, who were all killed in a Christmas Eve plane crash. PHOTO: Brooke Michelle Photography

POLK COUNTY, Fl. — A Maryland couple is dead after a Christmas Eve plane crash in Florida killed everyone on board, says the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

27-year-old Peter Worthington Jr., a University of Maryland law student, and his wife, 26-year-old teacher Victoria Shannon-Worthington, died in the crash along with Shannon-Worthington’s sister, Olivia Shannon, 24, John Shannon, 70, their father and the pilot of the plane, and family friend Krista Clayton, 32.

The NTSB is still investigating the crash, but they say the plane took off into heavy fog, and the crash was likely related. The Cessna 340 left from Bartow Airbase, and the flight plan shows that Shannon intended to fly to Key West. There was a fire inside the plane after it crashed.

The plane after it crashed at Bartow Airbase. PHOTO: Polk County Sheriff

“This is a horrific tragedy, especially on Christmas Eve,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement.

Shannon-Worthington taught fourth-grade English Language Arts at Baltimore International Academy, the Baltimore Sun reported.  The Sun said that Baltimore Teachers Union President Marietta English said in a statement that Shannon-Worthington was “an exemplary teacher”.

Worthington Jr. was in his third year of law school at the UMd. Francis King Carey School of Law. The school released a statement to WJZ that read in part, “Words cannot properly express the sadness felt by the Maryland Carey Law community and everyone at the University of Maryland, Baltimore over the loss of Peter Worthington.”

Shannon-Worthington and Worthington Jr. were married in June of this year.

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