Hundreds gather at the scene to remember crash victims

Candles are lit in the shape of the initials of accident victim Bobby Senke. A candlelight memorial was held Wednesday evening at the site of the crash that took the lives of Justin Purdy, 24, Antonio Mendez, 28, and Senke, 25. Police say Senke was driving the vehicle eastbound on East Albany Street when it collided with a utility pole near the intersection with Shampine Drive in the City of Oswego.

by Carol Thompson

Hundreds of friends and relatives gathered at the scene of the crash that took the lives of  Robert L. Senke, 25, Justin M. Purdy, 24, and Antonio Mendez, 28.

The three men were killed Tuesday when the 1999 Cutlass Ciera driven by Senke went off the road and crashed into a utility pole near the intersection of Shampine Drive and East Albany Street in Oswego.

Two other passengers, Donald M. Odin and Jeremy W. Tassie, survived the crash.

The Wednesday evening vigil was posted that morning on Facebook by Matt Haws and Thomas Alnutt.

“I don’t know if we can get people together but I figured it would be a good thing,” the event page noted.

The three deceased were from Oswego. Mendez’s mother is a resident of Fulton.

As friends gathered, some carried flowers and candles and others wore shirts in memory of the deceased. Jarin Thompson of Oswego wore a shirt that read, “In memory of Bobby, Tony, Justin. You’re deeply missed.”

Participants cried and hugged one another throughout the evening.  Each of the deceased was a father to young children, some of whom were present with their mothers.

Police believe alcohol and speed contributed to the crash, however, the investigation is not complete.

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