Bronx Church To Hold Vigil For Crash Victims

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A prayer vigil was scheduled to be held Monday night at a church in the Bronx that lost its bishop and other leaders in a deadly crash over the weekend.

Services were held at the Joy Fellowship Christian Assembly Church in Baychester all day Sunday.

Bishop Simon White, his wife and four other church leaders were killed when the van they were riding in blew a tire and rolled over on the New York State Thruway.

Eight other people were injured, some critically.

Church members remembered the victims fondly.

“He was a father to all of us,” congregation member Marica Marlon said.

“Bishop White had such an infectious smile,” Reverend Jay Gooding, a pastor at a neighboring church, said. “Whenever you saw him, he just ministered to you with his smile.”

The victims were on their way to a banquet in upstate New York with members of a sister church.

  • robert henriksen

    if it gets cut off go to my blog to read the rest

    A beautiful day ended with a tragic accident that occurred on Saturday, September 18th at appproximately 3:00 in the afternoon on Interstate Highway 87 northbound between Woodbury and Newburgh. A van carrying 14 passengers flipped over, killing 6 and leaving others severely injured. The survivors were flown to Westcheter Medical Center and some were taken to Good Samaritan and Saint Francis Hospitals. With close to a hundred policemen, firemen, EMS and resuce workers, as well as bystanders who helped out, all worked valiantly to take control of an otherwise chaotic scene. Some of the first responders were from the local Woodbury, Monroe, Cornwall, Central Valley and New Windsor vicinities. When I finally arrived after a half-mile run through the woods which started on Route 32 near the winery, I witnessed a chaotic scene that words can’t describe.
    As I walked around the scene photographing the carnage and trying not to look at the grim scene before me, I began to focus more on the actions of the rescuers and what they were doing to save lives, rather than why they were doing it. That’s what helped me get over what I was actually photographing. I used them as a diversion to help me get over what I was doing. It was the combined efforts of everyone, including the veterans, that gave strength to the others and helped them get the job done before the stark reality sank in as to what had happened. As the helicopters started to take off and the ambulances left with the victims, the scene was now scattered with rescue workers. Some of the younger rescue workers were traumatized, tired, and bewildered because of what they had witnessed, but they along with the veterans played a vital role in bringing the chaos to a closing. These are the young men and women that the community should be thanking and that young people should look to as everyday heros.
    Once the scene cleared, there were sad reminders scattered on the highway of what everyone had just experienced. One beautiful and touching moment for me was watching as the rescue workers carefully began to pick up the pictures and personal belongings with such reverence for these people who were following God and who are now with God. “God bless them, their families, loved ones, and everyone who helped them,” I thought to myself as I walked down the thruway and back into the woods….


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