A heartbroken husband and father, who lost his wife, two baby girls and his mother-in-law in Monday's fighter jet crash in San Diego, is turning to God as he copes with an unimaginable tragedy.
Young Mi Yoon, her baby daughters Grace and Rachel, and her mother, Suk Im Kim, were honored during a memorial serivce Wednesday at Korean United Methodist Church of San Diego.
"I believe my wife and two babies and mother-in-law are in heaven with God, and I know God is taking care of them," husband and father Don Yoon said during a press conference Wednesday.
Yoon is asking that people pray for the pilot who was able to eject safely from the plane. His entire family was lost in an instant when the pilot's jet crashed into his house Monday.
"I don't blame him, I don't have any hard feelings. I know he did everything he could," Yoon said.
Yoon spoke before the service, fighting back tears with intense emotion in his voice as he pleaded with friends and the community to help him in his grief.
"I don't know what to do… My wife, it was God's blessing that I met her four years ago and we got married," he said. "She's just such a lovely wife and mother who always loves me and the babies…I just miss her so much. I cannot believe that they are not here right now."
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that at least 500 people from the community and the military attended the hour-long service.
"Our hearts are torn apart," the Rev. Daniel Shin, senior pastor of the church, said during the service.
Assistant pastor David Ryu told the Union-Tribune that the church has received more than 1,000 phone calls and e-mail messages from around the world expressing sympathy and offering financial assistance for Yoon.
Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have asked Gen. James Conway, Marines commandant to quickly complete the crash.
"We can all agree that in urban areas like San Diego County, where the military and civilian populations closely coexist, it is absolutely vital that all precautionary steps are taken to ensure the safety of both our civilian and military residents," the two legislators said in a joint statement.
The military is prepared to brief House members today and provide more details on the crash.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Yoons had been married for four years. Mi was a nurse with Hospice.
A memorial service was held Wednesday night at Korean Korean United Methodist Church of San Diego. Funeral arrangements have not been made yet.
Sources: SignOnSanDiego.com, The Associated Press.