Friends flock to Newburgh waterfront to mourn mom, 3 kids
On the day of LaShanda Armstrong's funeral, many friends and neighbors came out to the waterfront in Newburgh to pray for the mother who drove her SUV into the Hudson River, killing herself and three of her four children.
"It is a very sad day," says Linda Burger. "In fact, I was just sitting here saying a prayer for the Lord to comfort the family."
Howard Defreece also chose to find peace by the water today, where a makeshift memorial consisting of candles, letters and teddy bears has grown for the victims of the crash. He was friends with Armstrong and says he is still shocked by the tragedy.
Carmen Davilla, Armstrong's neighbor and a religious teacher to her four children, says she was too devastated to attend the 25-year-old's funeral in Spring Valley. Instead, she has visited the family and keeps watch of the vigil outside her home.
Armstrong's three children will be laid to rest separately Monday. Her 10-year-old son, La'Shaun, was the sole survivor of the crash.