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Katy, TX (August 1, 2016) The Katy area is mourning the loss of three members of the community who were passengers in the hot air balloon that caught fire and crashed this weekend near Lockhart, TX.

Holly Smith Huckabee, age 50, completed her bucket list with the balloon ride.

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Joe and Tresa Shafer Owens, who were friends with Holly Smith Huckabee, were also killed in this tragic accident. Joe is described as a hard worker who was always willing to help out anyone in need. Tresa was a teacher at TigerLand Preschool who made a difference in the lives of hundreds of young children, their families, and her co-workers. The couple leaves behind children and grandchildren. A GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/2hat8t22) has been set up for them.

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The cause of the fire is still being investigated by police and detectives. The National Transportation Safety Board’s Robert Sumwalt told ABC News that they are making “a lot of progress” but they still have “a long way to go.” Also according to ABC News, the FBI found “14 cellphones, one iPad, and three cameras” which they are hoping will shed some light on exactly when the fire started.