AMSTERDAM, NY — Hundreds of mourners gathered at a park here on Monday night to hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the 20 people who perished in last weekend’s horrific limo accident.
“I wish I had the words to take away what has occurred, and I don’t,” Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa said.
“So my hope to those who have unimaginable pain is to rely on your faith, your family, your friends and your community. May God be with you and may God bless you all.”
Friends and family were still trying to make sense of the devastating crash that took place in nearby Schoharie, New York, on Saturday.
“We’re here to support them. It’s a horrible horrible situation,” said Jenny Bouk, a friend of Matt Coons and his girlfriend, Savannah Bursese.
“She had a funny side to her,” she added about Bursese. “She was the person who lightened the mood.”
Amy Dunlop-Johnson, a cousin of Axel Steenberg, talked about her cousin’s relationship with his wife, Amy. The couple perished in the crash.
“They were always there for all the family gatherings and always wanted to help with anything,” Dunlop-Johnson said.
“Amy and Axel, they were so happy. They were so in love, they were the couple everyone was envious of.”
The 17 friends died when their limo crashed while en route to a birthday party in the Ommegang brewery in Cooperstown. The driver and two pedestrians also perished.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the driver of the limo should never have been on the road as he wasn’t properly licensed and the vehicle had badly failed a safety inspection last month.
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