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Memorial placed at Schoharie limo crash site donated to NYS Museum

September 05, 2019 03:38 PM

SCHOHARIE – With the one year anniversary of the Schoharie limo crash coming up in a month, work is being completed on a permanent memorial for the victims.

However, immediately after the crash a wooden memorial with 20 crosses for the 20 victims killed in the crash was placed just near the intersection of Routes 30 and 30A where the crash happened.

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"A local gentlemen just felt really moved and brought it down," said Jessica Kirby whose family owns the Apple Barrel next to the crash site. "He said mind if I leave this down here, people can sign it and express you know their emotions."

Kirby said that's exactly what people did. They wrote messages on the crosses, left prayer cards and rosaries. Kirby is the president of the Reflections Memorial Foundation. The nonprofit was created so they could put together a permanent memorial. However, she said they knew they had to do something special with the original one created.

"The idea of the state museum came into my head because of their 9/11 exhibit that they have there, I was like maybe they would be interested in it," said Kirby.

She said the idea went before the museum's collections committee and they agreed to take it. Kirby said the family members of the victims all supported the idea. She didn't say when it will be on display, but she said when it is they will place all the rosaries and prayer cards as they were. She hopes when people see it, they feel what others felt at the crash site.

"I just hope that they kind of get that feeling as well, how much grief and sorrow but love that was expressed for those people that passed away," said Kirby.

As for the new memorial, which features stones with the victim's names and a bench, Kirby said she wants it to be a place people can reflect. She said they're still accepting donations for it.

"We want to make sure that this memorial stays as dignified as it will be the day that it's unveiled so we want to make sure that maintenance is covered," explained Kirby.

She said there will be a private ceremony for the family members of the victims on Oct. 5, that way they're not at the sight of the crash on the one year anniversary.

"Then on the sixth we do intend for the memorial to be open to the public so that everybody that's been effected by this tragedy can come and reflect and hopefully have some peace," sad Kirby.

For more on how to donate to the permanent memorial, click here.

Nauman Hussain, the operator of the company that owned the limo that crashed is facing charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. He is set to go to trial Jan. 6, 2020.

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Emily De Vito

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