'My whole world is gone now,' says mother of Smokies' plane cras - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

'My whole world is gone now,' says mother of Smokies' plane crash victim

Posted: Updated:
Tabitha Ritz Starling and her son, Hunter Starling, who died Monday afternoon in a single-engine plane crash in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Photo: Courtesy Tabitha Ritz Starling) Tabitha Ritz Starling and her son, Hunter Starling, who died Monday afternoon in a single-engine plane crash in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (Photo: Courtesy Tabitha Ritz Starling)
GATLINBURG, TN (News Sentinel) -

Tabitha Ritz Starling began praying for her son, Hunter Starling, three years before he was born. Early Wednesday morning in a Facebook message she said he was the “greatest gift ever.”

Monday afternoon, Hunter, 8, died in a single-engine plane crash in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along with his father, David Starling, 41, and his girlfriend, Kim Smith, 42.

“I was so excited to be a mother and prayed for a little boy!” she wrote. “The day he was born was the best day of my life and it was love at first sight and he owned my heart from that day forward. He is the sweetest, funniest little man and never met a stranger! My whole world is gone now and do not know how to go on without him! I love my little man more than anything in the world.”

Read more from our news partners at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Heritage to host Ringgold in our FNF3 Game of the Week

    Heritage to host Ringgold in our FNF3 Game of the Week

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 12:00 AM EDT2017-08-23 04:00:41 GMT
    Week two features another cross town rivalry in our Friday Night Football Game of the Week with Heritage hosting Ringgold. Ringgold has won nine straight meetings dating back to when Heritage's first year open in 2008. The Generals had the Tigers on the ropes last year in our Game of the Week but fell in overtime 40-34. We'll hear from both teams leading up to Friday when Ch. 3 Sports Reporter Jill Jelnick will be live at Heritage High School with pre and post game live coverage. ...More
    Week two features another cross town rivalry in our Friday Night Football Game of the Week with Heritage hosting Ringgold. Ringgold has won nine straight meetings dating back to when Heritage's first year open in 2008. The Generals had the Tigers on the ropes last year in our Game of the Week but fell in overtime 40-34. We'll hear from both teams leading up to Friday when Ch. 3 Sports Reporter Jill Jelnick will be live at Heritage High School with pre and post game live coverage. ...More
  • UPDATE: City council confirms David Roddy as chief of the Chattanooga Police Department

    UPDATE: City council confirms David Roddy as chief of the Chattanooga Police Department

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 11:04 PM EDT2017-08-23 03:04:27 GMT
    New CPD Chief David RoddyNew CPD Chief David Roddy

    Now, David Roddy can officially drop the qualifier "acting" from his job title and simply go by chief of the Chattanooga Police Department.

    More

    Now, David Roddy can officially drop the qualifier "acting" from his job title and simply go by chief of the Chattanooga Police Department.

    More
  • WATCH LIVE

    President Trump Rally in Arizona

    President Trump Rally in Arizona

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 10:26 PM EDT2017-08-23 02:26:45 GMT
    President Trump speaks at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona. More
    President Trump speaks at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona. More
Powered by Frankly