Limousine crash victims are mourned

Hundreds of mourners packed an Upstate New York church Saturday for the funeral of four sisters and four other family members who died in a limousine crash last weekend that killed a total of 20 people.

The Rev. O. Robert DeMartinis told mourners at the St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam, N.Y., that their loved ones can still see their tears, feel their heartache and want them to live in the moment.

Referring to the catastrophic accident last Saturday that turned a birthday celebration into tragedy, “the question that is in the hearts of so many is why,” the priest said. “Why did these 20 individuals have to be taken from us so quickly and so unexpectedly?”

Among them were Amy Steenburg and her husband, Axel Steenburg, whom DeMartinis had married in June.

One item from their wedding was brought to the funeral: a sign the couple made asking wedding guests not to take pictures, because “we suggest that you live in the moment.”

The priest held up the sign for about 500 mourners in the pews to see. “That’s what they’re asking me to ask you to do today,” DeMartinis said.

Urns that rested by the altar held the remains of Amy Steenburg and her husband, and his brother, Richard Steenburg; Amy’s sister Abigail Jackson and her husband Adam Jackson; sister Mary Dyson and her husband Robert Dyson; and the fourth sister, Allison King.

Each of the three married couples shared an urn.

— Associated Press

Tip led to discovery of infants' remains

An anonymously written letter led Michigan inspectors to find badly decomposed remains of 11 infants hidden in a ceiling compartment of a shuttered Detroit funeral home, police say.

Inspectors with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs found the remains Friday at the former Cantrell Funeral Home, just hours after receiving the letter telling them where the bodies were located, Detroit police Lt. Brian Bowser told reporters. The funeral home has been closed since April, when state inspectors suspended its license following the discovery of bodies covered with what appeared to be mold.

The remains of the infants, some of them apparently stillborn, were in a false ceiling between the first and second floors, Brower said. Authorities do not know how long the remains had been stored there, he said. Investigators also have not determined who might have left the bodies there.

Investigators have names for some of the remains and officials were contacting relatives.

— Associated Press

Storm debris cleared from Houston watersheds: More than a year after Hurricane Harvey's destructive flooding, officials say they've finished removing downed trees and other storm debris that had blocked the Houston-area's 22 watersheds. The Harris County Flood Control District said Friday that it's removed about 40,000 tons of debris since Harvey flooded Houston in August 2017. The flood control district has spent $8.9 million on the cleanup.

Thousands in Chicago attend 'March to the Polls': Thousands of people marched through downtown Chicago to express their displeasure at President Trump and encourage voters to go to the polls for next month's midterm election. The march took place Saturday after a rally in Grant Park organized by Women's March Chicago. The group dubbed the event March to the Polls. A sea of people took to the streets, chanting "Let's go vote!" as they walked from Grant Park to Federal Plaza.

— From news services