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Community mourning loss of Schoharie limo crash victims

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) - As officials continue to investigate the Schoharie limousine crash, the families of those killed are identifying the victims of the crash.

Many of the victims were from the City of Amsterdam. Within the tight knit community, many residents had some sort of connection to more than just one of the 20 victims.

Erin and Shane McGowan were married over the summer at St. Mary’s Church. The young couple was among those who lost their lives. Pastor Jeff L’Arche, of St. Mary’s, said they married the couple.

“The photographer said that they were perhaps his favorite couple that he had ever taken pictures of – such a nice attitude they had,” he said. “Just a lot of pictures and a lot of love.”

Along with the couple, the pastor said a few other victims also had ties to the church, including Amy Steenburg and Mary Dyson.

“Some of the kids that had been killed recently had gone to our school,” Pastor L’Arche said. “Others were alumni who had children in our school in pre-k programs and what have you.”

Matthew Coons and Savannah Devonne were also among the 20 who passed away. They were both active members at Alpin Haus Fitness.

“A lot of our instructors, as well, as our staff, is pretty saddened,” manager Nicole Heck said. “But even if you didn’t know them, it’s such a tragedy. It’s hard not to feel for it.”

A vigil will be held Monday evening at the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook in Amsterdam.


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