SCOTTSBLUFF - Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff is mourning the loss of a student. 

Freshman Sydnee Brester was one of three people killed in a plane crash outside of Chadron on Sunday night. Dr. Matt Bruner and his son, Noah, were identified as the other two victims by Dawes County authorities Tuesday afternoon. 

According to a press release from the college, Brester was an active member of the Collegiate Choral and Varsity Vocalise vocal music ensembles.

"Sydnee was just beginning to build her WNCC family, making new friends in choir and her other classes," Vocal Music Instructor, Dr. Patrick Newell, said. "Many of my students have known her for years. We all mourn losing her, and will miss her strong voice. Our hearts are full of love for the Brester and the Bruner families."

WNCC is providing counseling services for students and employees.

Brester, a 2021 graduate from Gering High School, was dating Dr. Bruner's other son, James. They had just dropped James off in Chadron before the accident happened a mile-and-a-half from the Chadron Municipal Airport.

Brester's mother, Angie, is a long-time teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Gering. 

"Our entire team at Gering Public Schools extends sincerest thoughts and condolences to Angie, the entire Brester family, and the many friends and classmates grieving Sydnee's loss," the school said in a statement Monday. "Our hearts are also with the other families impacted by this accident."

The school district activated their crisis intervention team to support students and school personnel.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the crash. Authorities say they will release their findings once the investigation is complete.