It was an emotional time on Wednesday morning as loved ones gathered at the Campagna Funeral Home in Nashville, Illinois, to say goodbye to Sierra Wilder.
The 14-year-old died in a plane crash on Friday night that also claimed the lives of her aunt and uncle, 45-year-old Kimberly Gutzler and 49-year-old Marty Gutzler, and their daughter, 9 year-old Piper Gutzler.
Only Sierra’s 7-year-old cousin, Sailor Gutzler, survived.
Family friend Carol Fruend attended the visitation for Sierra on Tuesday night. She tells PEOPLE: “It was very heart-wrenching. Just to know there was this young person that lost her life and to see a family that was so devastated about what had taken place.”
Adds Fruend, 67: “The line was blocks long to get into the funeral home.”
Sierra, according to her obituary, loved the “finer things in life.”
A freshman at the Nashville Community High School, she “enjoyed music, dancing, art and spending time with family and friends.”
Sierra, who was returning from a trip to Key West, loved going on vacation with her cousins, her mother Jami Smith Lane told NBC News.
“It was going to be the highlight of her Christmas vacation,” Lane said of the trip that claimed her daughter’s life.
Fruend says Lane has always been a strong person, but this event has understandably shaken her. “What’s hard is that all the family members are intertwined so as they try and grieve for one person they actually have to grieve for four,” she says. “It makes it that much harder because the grieving just goes on and on.”
Fruend continues: “Jami wishes she had one last time to give her a hug and tell her how much she loves her.”
Sierra’s high school friends mourned her loss at school on Monday. “We all wore her favorite colors teal and purple and we decorated her locker,” classmate Cameron Parker said at Tuesday night’s wake, reports NBC News.
“Everybody was affected, even teachers,” she said. “It was very sad, very sad.”
Sierra is survived by her mother and her husband, her four brothers, and her father.
She was “very kind to everybody and anybody, even if she didn’t know them,” Lane told NBC News, adding, “she was my best friend.”
Meanwhile, little Sailor is surrounded by relatives at home in Nashville, family friends tell PEOPLE.
Sailor emerged from the wreckage on Friday with a broken wrist, miraculously navigating the cold dark woods of Kentucky where the plane went down to get help.
“I don’t think she has faced the reality that she will, when things calm down.” Fruend says. “She is doing the best as she can for a 7-year-old.”
But when that time does come, Sailor will have the support of her family.
Adds Fruend: “Everyone is showing her a lot of love.”
• Reporting by CAITLIN KEATING