Mourners pack funeral for 8 of 20 killed in limo crash
AMSTERDAM, N.Y. — Mourners at a funeral for four sisters and their family members killed in a New York limousine crash were assured Saturday that their loved ones can still see their tears and feel their heartache.
On a damp, chilly day, hundreds of people packed the pews of an old brick church in Amsterdam at the service for eight of the 20 people killed last Saturday when the limousine they hired for a 30th birthday celebration crashed. The stretch limo barreled down a hill past a stop sign into another vehicle in the parking lot. All 17 passengers and the driver were killed, as well as two pedestrians standing in the parking lot.
“The question that is in the hearts of so many is: Why?” The Rev. O. Robert DeMaritnis told hundreds of mourners. “Why did these 20 individuals have to be taken from us so quickly and so unexpectedly?”
DeMaritnis spoke on an altar flanked by pictures of Allison King, sister Abigail Jackson and her husband Adam Jackson, sister Mary Dyson and her husband Robert Dyson, sister Amy Steenburg and her husband Axel Steenburg and his older brother, Richard Steenburg.
Urns containing their remains were placed beneath the pictures, with each of the three married couples sharing urns. Five teddy bears lay by the urns, one for each young child who lost a parent.
A unity urn with cremated ashes of Adam Jackson and Abigail Jackson is set in place as friends and family prepare for a funeral Mass Saturday atSt. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam, N.Y., for eight of the 20 people killed in the Oct. 6 fatal limousine crash in Schoharie, N.Y.