ROCHESTER, N.Y. — David Burke, the former airline employee suspected of causing a plane crash that killed 43 people in California Dec. 7, was remembered at his funeral Saturday as a valiant and ambitious man.
About 200 people attended the service at Memorial AME Zion Church. Burke's brother, Allan, said they came to "bury an honorable man."
Burke, who lived in the Rochester area most of his life, is believed to have fired shots aboard Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 that caused the jetliner to crash in San Luis Obispo County.
"I cannot answer all of the questions or entertain all of the suspicions," said Allan Burke, 37, who stood beside his brother's casket and spoke in a cracking voice. "I know we shall weep for him forever. What he would want for us all is to be as ambitious as he was and rejoice . . . and be as valiant as he was."