Updated 01/08/2013 08:31 AM
Vigil honors airport road crash victims
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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- Candles, tears and prayers, for loved ones lost one year ago.
“Everyone gathered around lighting candles and some people brought balloons and were letting them off,” said Domenik Perry, Endwell resident. “I was thinking about Josh and Tyler that’s all I could think about.”
Seven-year-old Joshua Henry and six-year-old Tyler Houghton were passengers in their grandfather's minivan last year, when he suffered a massive heart attack and crashed into an oncoming SUV. The only survivor was the boys' sister, who was also in the back seat.
“To know how much they were loved and how much ever care for them and how much everyone misses them and wish they were here,” said Jennifer Mosco, Event Organizer.
For those who knew them, the heartache is still fresh.
“I just wanted to get everybody together to tell stories about the boys and keep their memories alive. They’ve lost a lot, this has been a very, very hard time for them,” said Mosco.
Danielle Miller, Joshua Henry's Aunt, added, “Two young, beautiful boys who were brilliant and they didn’t deserve this.”
Family members say it’s been a difficult year trying to cope with the tremendous loss. But they say, that’s where the community comes in.
"I've never seen a community pull through like this one has for my sister. They've been very giving and have done everything possible they can for her,” said Miller.
Lindsey Henry, Joshua Henry’s Mom, added, “You really don’t know who cares until something like this happens. They’ve reached out and helped us out, without them I don’t know where I’d be today.”
Now family members say, they’re holding onto memories of happier times, when the boys played outside with their friends and sister.
Family members were also on hand to honor the other driver who was killed, 56-year old Rose Kozlowski.