Thousands gather in upstate New York to mourn limo crash victims

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (KUSI) – Thousands gathered along the Mohawk River in Amsterdam, New York, for a candlelight vigil to remember the 20 victims of a limousine crash that has left a devastated community with too many questions.

The mourners congregated Monday evening near a pedestrian bridge in the city of 17,000 that was home to many of those killed. Beneath a 12-foot bronze statue of a mother and child, they prayed for strength and observed a moment of silence before a singer led the group in “Amazing Grace.”

Lawmakers promised to lend their sway in providing the community answers to the questions surrounding Saturday’s crash in Schoharie, about 25 miles south of Amsterdam.

“I’ve always known it be a loving community,” US Rep. Paul Tonko said. “As I gather with you this evening, I see it manifested in a very powerful expression.”

Addressing the relatives of the victims, he added, “Know your loved ones are loved by this community.”

State Sen. George Amedore told those in attendance that he once lost a younger brother and knew their pain. He promised them that “that void that is in your heart right now will be filled, your strength will be renewed and that peace will come back at some point, but it’s going to take your effort.”

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