Hundreds of people have gathered in upstate New York to mourn the victims of a limousine crash which killed 20 people.
The devastated family of four sisters who were killed in the crash, along with three of their husbands and a brother-in-law, gathered at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam in a joint service to remember their loved-ones.
The combined service is being held a week after the stretch limo loaded with 18 people ran a stop sign and crashed at the bottom of a long hill in nearby Schoharie.
Everyone in the limousine died, as well as two pedestrians.
Hundreds of people have gathered in upstate New York to mourn the victims of a limousine crash which killed 20 people (Picture: Reuters)
The combined service is being held a week after the stretch limo loaded with 18 people ran a stop sign and crashed at the bottom of a long hill in nearby Schoharie (Picture: Reuters)
Mourners line up in front of St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church to pay their respects to some of the victims (Picture: Getty)
Four sisters who grew up in this town on the Mohawk River are among the dead (Picture: Reuters)Four sisters who grew up in this town on the Mohawk River are among the dead.
Now a combined funeral will honour the memory 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.
Relatives say the group was celebrating the upcoming 30th birthday of the Amy Steenburg, with a trip to a brewery in Cooperstown.
The sudden loss of the group with deep ties to the region brought an outpouring of grief.
Allison King with her niece was one of the victims and will be laid to rest in a joint funeral with her sisters (Picture: Facebook)
Abby King Jackson and Adam Jackson were also among the dead (Picture: Facebook)
Amy and Axel Steenburg had only been married in June (Picture: Facebook)
Robert Dyson and Mary Dyson leave behind a young son (Picture: Facebook)
Erin McGowan and Shane McGowan will be laid to rest in another service (Picture: Facebook)A candlelight vigil along the river on Monday drew thousands of people, many who knew the sisters though work or school.
The Dysons leave behind a toddler-age son and the Jacksons had two young girls and Amy and Axel had only been married in June.
While authorities continue to investigate the cause of the crash, prosecutors have charged the operator of the limo, Nauman Hussein, with criminally negligent homicide, saying he allowed an improperly licensed driver to operate an ‘unserviceable’ vehicle.
New York’s attorney general is working with GoFundMe to ensure all donations related to the limousine crash go to the intended beneficiaries.
Debris scatters an area at the site of last weeks crash (Picture: AP)
Nauman Hussain has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the wake of the crash (Picture: AP)
New York’s attorney general is working with GoFundMe to ensure all donations related to the limousine crash go to the intended beneficiaries (Picture: WNYT)Attorney General Barbara Underwood says Friday the online fundraising site has established a centralized hub for all verified campaigns related to last Saturday’s crash in rural Schoharie
Daniel Gordon, GoFundMe’s vice president of trust, policy and communications, says the site is working with all parties to ensure the money goes directly to the surviving family members listed.
As of Friday, the site says more than 6,000 donors have pledged more than $353,000 (£268,359) to 12 campaigns for crash victims’ families.
The money is intended for funeral costs, future support and college costs for the victims’ young children in addition to other family expenses.
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