Several Fordham University vans were necessary to transport all the mourners to the church. Two of the victims worked for the university in its custodial department. Monsignor John Graham led the service, stating that the family has gone through "a nightmare of unimaginable frightening real proportions." The evening before, a public wake at the Parkchester Funeral Home drew more than a thousand people to pay their respects, and the line stretched for blocks. Due to the incredible expense of burying seven people, the son of the driver was able to rely on his fraternity to raise $110,000 to help bury his mother, little sister, aunt, two young cousins, and his grandparents. They were killed when the family's SUV flew off an overpass, plummeted sixty feet, and landed upside-down in a non-public area of the Bronx Zoo property. All seven victims were wearing seatbelts and were killed on impact.
The grandparents' bodies were to be returned home to the Dominican Republic, and the two women and their young daughters were to be buried at St. Raymond Cemetery in Castle Hill. "This is just a tragedy. Seven at one time. Three generations. No goodbye. It doesn't have to happen in your house to be a tragedy. We shed a few tears," said Direna Small, who lives nearby but was one of many mourners who did not know the family.