Memorial services begin for Schoharie crash victims

Brother of Schoharie limo victims says family still in shock

Memorial services are being held for eight of the victims killed in Saturday’s limo crash in Schoharie.

The large group of friends were on their way to a 30th birthday celebration for Amy Steenburg. Amy along with her brother-in-law, three sisters, along with three of their husbands, all died in Saturday’s crash.

On Friday, hundreds of people paid their respects for the victims killed in Saturday’s limo crash. Friends, family, and community members remembered Abigail and Adam Jackson, Mary and Robert Dyson, Amy Steenburg and Axel Steenburg, Allison King, and Richard Steenburg. 

“They were special girls,” Valerie Abeling, aunt of the four sisters, said. “I loved them dearly. My brother said he lost most of his family.”

Eric Steenburg, the brother of Axel and Rich, said his family was still in shock. 

“They were carefree,” he said. “They were some of the nicest people you could ever meet, especially my two brothers. They always had my back from day one. We always did everything together. Amy too. I mean, Amy was an amazing person. They were just really good people.”

There will also be a wake in Amsterdam on Friday for 31-year-old Patrick Cushing. Patrick worked in the Senate’s Technology Services Unit and his family wrote in an obituary, “Patrick was a pure soul. He loved his family, friends, and girlfriend in a completely unconditional manner.”

Patrick’s girlfriend, Amanda Halse, also died in the crash.

Funeral services for Amy Steenburg’s family and for Patrick Cushing are all scheduled for Saturday.

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