L.I. Community Gathers To Mourn Deaths Of Mother, 7-Year-Old Son

MANORVILLE, N.Y. (CBS 2) — There was a massive community outpouring on Long Island Tuesday for a mother and son killed in an unexplained crash. While the investigation continued, hundreds were grieving.

Candles, music and tears were present on a football field of grief in Manorville as people mourned the death of 30-year-old Keri Trinca and her 7-year-old son, Jason, who were killed in a crash.

“All the lives and all the hearts that they’ve touched, it’s incredible,” relative Dan Wottawa told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

So many at the vigil were fighting back tears. A grandmother, other relatives, classmates and teammates of Jason’s were remembering his spirit and taking it with them through T-shirts exchanged for donations.

“Everybody’s coming together for them, and doing their part and it’s just — thank you,” said Danielle Chavez, who is Trinca’s cousin and Jason’s godmother.

On Saturday, when the crash happened both mom and son and the family’s two smallest children, ages 2 and 4, were hit by an oncoming van. The youngest survived, but were critically injured.  They are now being cared for by their dad.  Jason, who won awards for go-kart racing, and his mother were killed.

“To think of losing a 7-year-old little boy, and his loving wonderful mother, in just a senseless inexplicable act,” said Assistant Superintendent of Manorville Schools Chris Marzuk.

What may be the toughest part of this tragedy is the explanation — explaining it to so many young people, friends, classmates, neighbors of the young victims — who don’t yet know how to grieve.

Next-door neighbor Michael Randazzo, like so many other parents, was struggling with what to say to the children and when.

“It’s like your waiting for them to come home. It’s almost not real, really,” he said.

The crash is still under investigation, so far no one’s been charged.

Share your thoughts in the comments section….

  • GYFT2000

    It’s sad, and unfortunate, that this happen it seems to a nice family. The main question is where will our eternal soul lies, when we leave this earth? This one hurts, I feel this loss in the dept of my soul, am sooo sorry. We need to pray for this family to heal, and recover.

  • Connie

    I do not know this family, but reading the story and seeing the pictures of the Mom and her little boy is just so heart wrenching. Too young, too soon….. May the entire family try and find some peace in all of this.

    Rest in Peace.

  • too young to die

    Wow everyday you get in the car there is always that chance of a accident.Rip and hope the other children recover from this.

  • Sam

    This is horrible. My condolences to the family. May they rest in peace.

  • gail calderon

    this is just too awful for words… im proud that my sons donated tshirts to the family,when i see the family members on t.v with the shirts on it makes me feel sad for the family but glad that my boys have helped them in some way. my prayers go out to the family and friends of these people..

  • Maya

    I don’t know who wrote this article, but it’s HORRIBLE! Not to take away from the fact that what happened is REALLY sad, but what the hell is happening to people’s ability to use the English language properly? There are spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, and serious structural issues throughout this whole article. I mean, the person that wrote this article has a job that paid him/her to do it! Hell, give me that job! I can write a heck of a lot better than that!

    • Sam

      The purpose of writing is to communicate. I overlooked the grammar and spelling error because I believe the writer communicated what happened. Condolences would have been sufficient.

    • endeditemargo

      Totally spot on – I was so sad reading this but lost my train of thought twice while trying to decipher what was going on. Had to reread some sentences three or four times. With all the competition – facebook, blogs, tweets…the paid news sites are becoming nothing more than blogs themselves, No more editors to proofread or even read the articles before publication. OK – got that down now back to the story – so sad, hope the youngest (both!) recover fully

  • Stella

    This is so sad. Heartbreaking….

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