In a profile posted on MySpace, the 19-year-old from Davie called herself Dani and said she liked shopping, travel and pedicures. She posted a photograph from her senior prom at Western High School.

"Best Friend + Senior Prom {equals} Best night of my life," she wrote.

Danielle McPherson, the brunette smiling brightly in the prom picture, died Friday in the crash of a private plane in Tennessee along with her parents Nelson and Deborah McPherson, both 43, and younger sister Kayla.

Kayla, 13, an eighth-grader at Indian Ridge Middle School, also had a page on MySpace, friends said. It features a picture of an impish girl sticking out a bright blue tongue.

On Sunday, many families in the affluent gated community of Long Lake Estates, friends and relatives of the McPhersons gathered at their home to grieve.

They said they would issue a statement on the crash later in the day, but didn't.

"They're in such a state of shock," neighbor Demetri Martinez said. She said relatives asked her not to speak to reporters about the family, which moved to Davie in 2004 from the Tampa area.

The McPhersons were en route to Chattanooga, Tenn., where they planned to visit relatives when they crashed into a wooded area around 9:45 p.m. Friday, according to Hamilton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ron Rice.

Nelson McPherson was flying the single-engine Beech 36 aircraft and reported trouble with the plane's landing gear about 10 minutes before the crash.

Air traffic controllers issued an alert regarding a "disoriented pilot" at 9:36 p.m., according to an airport spokeswoman.

The McPhersons departed Friday evening from Jacksonville, refueled in Gainesville and reached Chattanooga about 9 p.m., Rice said. He would not disclose the names of the relatives who had been waiting to greet the family at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.