Nov 24, 2021 12:00 AM

WNCC mourns loss of student, Dr. Bruner and son killed in Chadron plane crash

Posted Nov 24, 2021 12:00 AM

SCOTTSBLUFF - On Sunday, Nov. 21, Western Nebraska Community College freshman Sydnee Brester was tragically killed in a plane crash outside of Chadron, along with Dr. Matt Bruner and his son Noah Bruner.

Dawes County authorities released the identities of the deceased earlier this afternoon.

Sydnee was an active member of the Collegiate Choral and Varsity Vocalise vocal music ensembles on the Scottsbluff Campus.

"Sydnee was just beginning to build her WNCC family, making new friends in choir and her other classes," Dr. Patrick Newell, vocal music instructor 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.