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Final Farewell For Bronx River Parkway Crash Victims

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Family and friends said their final goodbyes Friday to the seven members of a family killed in Sunday's accident on the Bronx River Parkway.

Funeral services were held at St. Raymond's church in Parkchester.

Roughly 400 packed into the church and listened to the priest tell those gathered it was natural for grieving relatives to wonder how they could lose so many loved ones at once.


Three generations were killed when a Honda Pilot driven by Maria Gonzalez, 45, hit a barrier, crossed three lanes of traffic and flew off the Bronx River Parkway, plunging 60 feet into the Bronx Zoo below.

Also killed were Gonzalez's 10-year-old daughter, Jazlyn; her parents, 85-year-old Jacob Nunez and 81-year-old Ana Julia Martinez; her sister, 39-year-old Maria Nunez, and two nieces, seven-year-old Naily Rosario and three-year-old Maily Rosario.

A donation effort through Fordham University, where Maria Gonzalez was employed, helped raise enough funds to cover funeral expenses for the family.

Jazlyn Gonzalez was scheduled to make her First Holy Communion this weekend at St. Raymond's where she also attended school.

Family members say she will be buried in her communion dress.

"She was my friend, she's nice to me," said Jazlyn's classmate, Deanera
Cordero.

"To lose two co-workers and the family as well is something that's hard to absorb. It may not hit me now, but I'm pretty sure it will hit me later. Through these things that happen in life - and me being a man of Jesus Christ; I'm telling the truth - I learned to appreciate my loved ones more and more," said Fordham University custodial worker Fernando Bonilla.

All but the grandparents will be buried at St Raymond's cemetery.

The elderly couple's bodies will be flown to the Dominican Republic for burial.

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