ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A ceremony honoring victims of Hurricane Ida was held Friday.
Families of the four people who died in Elizabeth last week gathered for a vigil at the Oakwood Plaza Apartments. That’s where a woman, a married couple in their 70s and their son all drowned.READ MORE: Ida In New Jersey: 4 Residents Of Complex Near Elizabeth River Killed By Floodwaters
Relatives say one of the victims, 33-year-old Shakia Garrett, tried to save everyone.
“She showed her strongest strength in the last moments. Knowing that she couldn’t swim, she was still strong for other people,” said Alissa Green, Garrett’s sister.
“She was an integral part of my parents’ last moments,” another woman said.MORE NEWS: Ida’s Aftermath: Major Disaster Declarations Extended To Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Union Counties In New Jersey
The water there reached about eight to ten feet.