VILLAGE OF BERGEN, NY ( The Batavian.com ) The annual day of renewal in Bergen Saturday, where community members were planning to come out to plant flowers and spruce up parks -- became a time for reflection as the small village honored the memory of Eric C. Wall.
The 16-year-old Bergen resident was struck and killed by a train on Friday afternoon.
Pastors Matt Farrell of the United Methodist Church and Michael Merry of the Presbyterian Church led a short service and Mayor Ralph Marsocci said a few works of condolences.
Merry spoke briefly before singing a song, but said he didn't know what to say on an occasion such as this.
"We have a high school that’s in shock, a community that is in shock," Merry said. "We have people of all different walks of life and none of us know, and I don’t know, how to comfort all of you, but I do know, there is always hope. What I know of Eric and the Wall family, they would want us to continue. They would want us to plant flowers."
After the ceremony, Eric's 12-year-old brother, Grady, helped plant an apple tree in the fountain park less than 50 yards from where Eric was killed. The memorial tree was a gift from the community to young Grady.
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