What we know about the victims of the New York limo crash

The 20 people killed on Saturday in a limousine crash near Schoharie, N.Y., included four sisters and three of their husbands, along with at least three other couples.

Here’s a look at what we know about the victims so far.

Amanda Halse and Patrick Cushing

Patrick Cushing and Amanda Halse are shown in a photo from Halse's Facebook page.

Romantic partners Amanda Halse and Patrick Cushing are being mourned by the siblings they left behind.

Karina Halse told The Associated Press that her sister, a waitress, had texted her just before getting into the limo. Her sister and Cushing “were two peas in a pod,” she said.

"I feel like my heart is sunken,” she added. “It's in a place where I've never felt this type of pain before.”

Cushing worked in technology services for the New York State Senate, according to a statement from Sen. John Flanagan.

“He was an extraordinary employee and a wonderful young man who was loved by all,” Flanagan said. “He will be greatly missed by his Senate family.”

Cushing’s brother, Justin Cushing, described him in an interview with CNN as kind and empathetic. “He loved, hugged, and cried with his friends and family like their problems were his, and celebrated with those same family and friends like our successes were his personal goals," he said.

U.S. Dodgeball said in a statement that Cushing was a leader of Team USA during the 2016 and 2018 Dodgeball World Cups.

“Cushing proved himself one of the most agile and dominant players in the world,” the team said in a post on Facebook.

“Cushing wore the Stars and Stripes with pride,” the statement goes on. “He represented the very best of America and the sport of dodgeball. Cushing’s unconditional kindness and ability to make friends of his fiercest competitors made him the consummate sportsman all dodgeballers strive to be.”

Matthew Coons and Savannah Devonne Bursese

Savannah Bursese and Matthew Coons are shown in a photo from Coons' Facebook page.

Hartwick College said in a statement that Bursese earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and business administration in 2015.

Bursese was in the Phi Sigma Phi sorority and played on the college’s volleyball team, according to the statement from college vice president Karen McGrath.

Suzanne Douglass told The Associated Press that her nephew, Matthew Coons, had a “golden heart.”

"He made you laugh so hard until you cried,” she said.

Coons lived with Bursese, his sister and his two nieces. "He made their life very joyful with his very sweet disposition,” Douglass said of the nieces. “He also financially supported the household and was also a father figure to his much younger brother."

Coons is described on his Facebook page as a U.S. Army veteran and personal trainer.

Shane McGowan and Erin Vertucci McGowan

Newlyweds Shane McGowan and Erin Vertucci McGowan were also killed, according to their aunt, Valerie Abeling.

“They were both just soul mates because they just radiated love and beauty and how a marriage should be," Abeling told CNN.

“They were just loving and funny and kind and everybody loved them and they were so good together,” she added. “Their lives were just cut short too soon.”

Erin McGowan worked as an administrative assistant at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam, Abeling told The Associated Press.

Amanda Rivenburg

Amanda Rivenburg is shown on April 19, 2018. (Living Resources Corporation / The Associated Press)

Rivenburg was the assistant director of community opportunities at Living Resources, a non-profit that works with people with disabilities.

Living Resources associate director Steve Klein told The Associated Press that Rivenburg was loved by all her coworkers.

"She was passionate about her work and everyone relied on her for guidance,” he said.

Scott Lisinicchia

Lisinicchia’s wife Kim Lisinicchia said on Facebook that her husband died in the accident.

“It hurts me to a core to have to bury my husband,” her Facebook page reads. “I miss him so very much.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for Lisinicchia's burial expenses.

“This is an extremely sensitive and painful time for Scott's family and friends,” wrote Thea Broadus, who created in the fundraiser page. “We will miss him beyond measure.”

Rob Dyson, Mary Dyson, Axel Steenburg, Amy Steenburg, Rich Steenburg, Abigail Jackson, Adam Jackson and Allison King

Barbara Douglas told reporters that four of her nieces, Mary Dyson, Amy Steenburg, Abigail Jackson and Allison King, were headed to Steenburg’s 30th birthday party when the crash occurred.

“They were wonderful girls,” Douglas said. “They'd do anything for you and they were very close to each other and they loved their family.”

Also killed in the crash were three of the women’s husbands: Axel Steenburg, Adam Jackson and Rob Dyson. Douglas said they had several children between them.

Rich Steenburg, Axel’s brother, was also killed in the crash, according to a report in the New York Times. Steenburg worked for GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor and manufacturing company, and was a father to a 10-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, the Times reports.

The local school district confirmed to The Associated Press that Abby Jackson was a teacher there.

Amy Steenburg was a nurse who lived with her husband and their dog in the town of Amsterdam, reports The Associated Press.

A GoFundMe page is raising money for the Dysons’ two children, who are said to be four years and 16 months old.

“Adam and Abby were amazing parents to these girls and taken much too soon,” says the fundraiser page, which was posted by family friend Sarah Maltzman.


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