An officer consoles Ken Gemmell after a small plane crashed into a Gaithersburg, Md. neighborhood on Monday, December 8, 2014. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

A Maryland man whose wife and two of three children were killed in a Maryland plane crash posted a message to Facebook on Tuesday.

“No words can describe the enormity of our loss and sadness over yesterday’s tragedy,” Ken Gemmell wrote in a message posted Tuesday afternoon.

His wife, Marie Gemmell, 36, and two of their children — 3-year-old Cole and 6-week-old Devon — were killed. Three people onboard the plane that crashed into the Gemmells’ Gaithersburg home also died in the crash.

By Tuesday afternoon, a Web page for the family had raised more than $218,000.

Here’s the full statement from Ken Gemmell:

“No words can describe the enormity of our loss and sadness over yesterday’s tragedy. We lost Marie, the love of my life and college sweetheart, and our two young, innocent and joyful sons – a loss that no person should ever endure. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and my daughter and I are appreciative for the prayers and well wishes from friends, neighbors and the community. We also appreciate the dedication and hard work of the firefighters, police and other first responders who did everything in their power to try to save my family during this horrific event. There will be a lot of grieving over the coming weeks, and we request that the media respect our privacy so I can provide my daughter with some degree of normalcy as we try to re-build.”