Buffalo (WKBW) The Friendship Baptist Church in Buffalo was filled on Sunday, as family and friends remembered Orlando Eric Anderson, one of two victims who were killed one year ago by a drunk driver going the wrong way on Route 33.
Orlando's mother, Christine Anderson, spoke after the service.
"My son is gone. My son is gone. And this today is so that we celebrate him and the memory of him. That big smile that he always carried. We loved him and we miss him," she said.
One year after the tragic crash, the driver who hit Anderson's vehicle still faces charges including aggravated vehicular homicide. The family says they simply want closure.
"We know that the case is still pending, and that things are still on the up and up, but all I want is justice to be served," Christine Anderson said.
"It is very important that for our family because our hearts are still very heavy. We cry ourselves to sleep every night. Waiting and wondering what's going to happen, so we ask for justice," Anderson's cousin Kai Redmond added.
Orlando Anderson's two children also attended the memorial service, and had a short but loving message for their late father.
"I miss you so much and that I was doing good in school and that we will always love you," young Oniya Anderson said.