The number of people that the tragedy in Schoharie has impacted continues to grow.
Five of the victims worked together in the past at Liberty ARC in Amsterdam. Those victims are Amy and Axel Steenburg, Rich Steenburg, Abigail Jackson, and Shane McGowen.
The director of public relations tells us that Rich's wife, Kim, is a current employee at Liberty ARC. Tuesday, they held a private memorial service for the five former employees. Each victim was honored with an individual remembrance board.
Their former coworkers and even staff that did not know them came together to write messages of love and prayer, before those boards were given to the victims' families.
"The entire community here in Amsterdam will be forever affected by this. They were true pillars of this community," says Liberty ARC Director of Public Relations Sharon Holbrook-Ryan. "Rich and Axel were larger than life. They made a huge impact on the residents that hey worked with and the individuals they supported. They were wonderful direct support professionals. Truly people that we were honored to have here as employees."
We're told that Rich and Kim have two children, ages 14 and 10. The staff at Liberty ARC has been wearing red ribbons this week in honor of them, and raising donations on their behalf.