Capital Region continues to mourn crash victims

October 13, 2018 11:10 PM

Communities across the Capital Region continue to honor and remember victims of the crash. Services for at least 9 of those victims were held on Saturday.

NewsChannel 13 wants to show respect for the victims and their loved ones. So without a direct invitation, our reporters and photographers will not attend services.

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NewsChannel 13 did receive an invitation from a funeral home in Amsterdam on behalf of the families that lost 8 people in the crash. There was also a group of people in Halfmoon who celebrated a victim's life in a very different way Saturday.

Dodgeball players and fans from across the country gathered at the Sportsplex of Halfmoon to remember one of their own. Patrick Cushing was one of the victims who died in the Schoharie limo crash a week ago. He was also a dodgeball player for the US team.

"We have people here from California, St. Louis, Jersey, Philly, the [New York] city, Boston, so it was great you know no matter what team you're on or where you're from everybody knew Pat and loved him and everybody's team US today, everybody's Empire today,”  teammate and friend Rob Immel said. “So it was a good turnout I’m glad we did it. It was tough but I’m glad we did it.”

Immel helped organize the event. He said he played with Patrick for about 15 years. Immel said Patrick would want them to keep playing.

“Yeah he'd probably be upset at how poorly we're all playing without him but absolutely,” Immel said. "I think it's important to be together and get back to what we love doing and kind of be here for everybody because he's not here with us. So kind of to lean on. It was tough it was tough to get out there today but with everybody here I think that helped out I really do."

Halfmoon wasn't the only place where crowds gathered to remember loved ones lost in the crash.

Services for 8 of the victims, including four sisters, three of their husbands, and a brother-in-law were held in Amsterdam Saturday.

There was a designated media site outside Saint Stanislaus Church as hundreds of loved ones lined up to say goodbye.

Again, out of respect for the victims and their loved ones, NewsChannel 13 will not attend services without a direct invitation.


Emily Burkhard

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