Mother in Hudson River drownings laid to rest

Friends and loved ones gathered this afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley to say their final farewells to the Newburgh mother who drove her minivan into the Hudson River last week, killing herself and three of her four children.

Click 'NEXT' for more on burial of LaShanda Armstrong.

The four victims were to be buried together, however, the attorney for the father of the three children, Jean Pierre, announced Wednesday that there will be separate funeral services. In a statement, Pierre said, "I have decided that the funeral arrangements for Landen, Lance and Laianna should be separate from that of LaShanda [Armstrong's]."

Pierre did not attend the funeral for Armstrong.

Last week, officials say Armstrong, 25, posted an apology on her Facebook page and then drove her minivan, with her four children inside, into the river. Only her 10-year-old son, La'Shaun Armstrong, managed to survive.

According to police, LaShanda Armstrong and Pierre had been fighting over alleged affairs he was having, and he may have threatened to leave the mother of four before she took the fatal plunge.

Many of the mourners say Pierre's decision to hold two separate funerals was made in anger and has not only caused a divide between families, but also exacerbated the tragedy.

"I am disappointed because, at the end of the day, no matter what happened, those are her children," says Armstrong's cousin, Channice White.

Following a wake in the church where she was baptized, Armstrong was laid to rest at Brick Church Cemetery in Spring Valley in the presence of her relatives, who prayed and placed flowers on her casket.

A private service and burial will be held Monday in Congers for Armstrong's three children.

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