This Christmas in Sutter Creek, the decorations are up and stores were closed as families gathered for the holiday.
But at least one family was not celebrating, after a deadly plane crash left a father and son dead.
"So very sad when I thought of two people here from Sutter Creek, a wife losing her husband and son, it’s just heartbreaking,” said Kai, who did not want to give her last name.
Phillip Faillers, 52, and his 27-year-old son Alex were killed Wednesday when their small plane crashed just outside of town.
The Amador County Sheriff’s Department says Phillip Faillers was flying the plane.
He had picked up his son in Gilroy and they never made it home.
Many in Sutter Creek FOX40 they were saddened by the news.
"It’s a very small community and there are people there that knew them and it just was sort of a real surprise to everyone that it happened,” said Jim Cookson.
Cookson was at church on Christmas Eve when the pastor shared the tragic news.
Word spread quickly in the small town.
Even those who didn’t know the family shared their grief.
"I didn’t know of them but I know how deaths affect people and small communities really come together it’s very sad,” said Kai.
Cards, flowers and candles now sit outside a store in the center of town.
Neighbors say the wife and mother of the victims owns a boutique there.
Thursday, some brought flowers but they were too devastated to speak about the loss.
Those that did speak say they hope the strength of friends, neighbors and strangers help the family heal.
"I just think it’s a real testament to the community and how close knit the community is and that everyone is just thinking about this family and their thoughts and prayers are going out to them,” said Cookson.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Investigators believe fog is to blame.