Candlelight vigil honors victims of Schoharie limo crash

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The community of Amsterdam is in mourning after learning some of its residents were victims of the fatal limousine crash in Schoharie.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge in Amsterdam Monday night for a candlelight vigil to support the families who lost loved ones in Saturday’s limo crash.

Twenty large candles were lit in remembrance of the 20 lives lost.

“I know that they have become angels in our eyes and in Jesus’s eyes, and I’m just really hurt and saddened, and I just really appreciate my family,” Shannon Hoogkamp, of Amsterdam, said.

Many wrote messages of condolence for the family members impacted by the tragedy. Several community leaders expressed their sorrow as well.

“I am the superintendent of a district serving a community that was permanently changed Saturday afternoon,” Amsterdam Superintendent Vicky Ramos said. “These are not the circumstances under which I wish we were here tonight.”

One of the victims was a teacher in the Amsterdam school district. School will be delayed one hour on Tuesday, and grief counseling will be offered.

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