Vigil Remembers Victims Of 3407 Crash

February 13, 2012 Updated Feb 13, 2012 at 9:37 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 13, 2012 Updated Feb 13, 2012 at 9:37 AM EDT

CLARENCE CENTER, N.Y. (WKBW) – Two hundred family and friends of the victims in the crash of Continental Flight 3407 gathered for a vigil Sunday.

This was the three year anniversary of the crash, and many of the family members are still asking why did this happen?

Participants walked from the Zion Lutheran Church to the crash site on Long Street with candles in hand. At 10:17 p.m., the exact time of the crash, each of the names of the victims were read, and a bell rang 51 times in honor of each life tragically taken. Many of the family members said the pain is as strong as it was three years ago.

“Everything is different. I still can't believe my father is gone. He was with me one minute and then he was gone. It's been very hard without him,” said Kevin Gal, who lost his father in the crash.

The families said that they have major support from one another, and the community.

They also said that another inspiration is their fight in Washington for improved flight safety regulations. Changing those laws is the biggest tribute to the ones who lost their lives.

A memorial at the crash site will be dedicated in June. All family and friends are invited to celebrate the lives of the ones they lost.