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East Harlem Mourns Victims a Week After Explosion

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Funerals for three victims of last week's building explosion in East Harlem took place Wednesday as the community marked one week since the tragedy. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Friends of Rosaura Hernandez-Barrios called her death tragic. The 22-year-old wanted to be the best chef she could be, completing two years of culinary school. She worked at a restaurant, but her friends said she nourished their lives.

"I was delayed in graduating, and she helped me. She told me to not give up on it, and I didn't," said Bianca Rivera, a friend of Hernandez-Barrios. "I'll thank her always for that."

Rosaura died with her mother, 44-year-old Rosaura Barrios-Vasquez.

Police escorted the father and husband into the viewing Wednesday. He had left before the explosion with a younger daughter. His 15-year-old son suffered critical injuries.

"If I'm crying, they must be horrible, they must be sad because that was his little girl, that was his family, his wife," Rivera said.

Many of those mourning want to know what happened. Federal investigators detected high levels of gas at the site of the explosion and buildings collapse last Wednesday and discovered a faulty gas pipe this week. Eight were killed and dozens were injured.

The pain overcame loved ones of George Amadeo. They said their final goodbyes.

"Georgie was smart, intelligent, loving, caring, was very supportive. He loved his family," said Janet Perez-Amadeo, George's cousin.

The 44-year-old handyman leaves behind a large family. He was a father, sibling and son with many friends.

The mother and daughter will be laid to rest in Mexico, as will another one of the victims, Alexis "Jordy" Salas, whose services begin on Thursday. The Mexican consulate is picking up the expenses.

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