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Bristol Crash Victims' Survivors Plan Candlelight Gathering

There are 49 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Aug 15, 2008, titled Bristol Crash Victims' Survivors Plan Candlelight Gathering. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Joseph Cemetery on Route 6. Survivors of three of the victims will host a candlelight gathering next weekend at the same place and are hoping it will be a tribute to the teenagers' lives rather than more ...

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anon

Old Lyme, CT

#1 Aug 16, 2008
You can at least get Sean's name right in the article,
"That includes the family of Ryan Landry, Roy said".
Jerry

Bristol, CT

#2 Aug 16, 2008
Instead of this business of memorializing the wrongdoings of the kids involved in this and also condoning the actions of the parents of these kids, you should be doing something for the innocent victims of this incident. It infuriates me to see all the crap on the side of the road where this incident took place which only reinforces and confirms the bad judgment of the parents and the stupidity of the persons involved. Look at the innocent victims of this tragedy and do something for them instead of wasting the time of the police department and others to protect those standing in the road at this memorial. Condoning bad judgment isn't helping those that see this and do the same stupid act.
say what

Farmington, CT

#3 Aug 16, 2008
Scholarships and funds to honor these kids? Umm...
Marji

Brewster, MA

#4 Aug 16, 2008
There was bad judgment on ONE young man in this tragedy - as well as his parents who allowed him to get yet another high-performance car after he wrecked his first car months prior.

The earlier remarks here about "memorializing the wrongdoings of the kids" and questioning "scholarships and funds to honor the kids", are mean and spiteful. Four families lost a child and two people were injured very badly. It is time now for forgiveness and togetherness.

How would you feel if this happened to you - think about that.
simsbury resident

Oakdale, CT

#5 Aug 16, 2008
stay home
David Roy

Boston, MA

#6 Aug 16, 2008
Jerry must be very bitter! I lost my daughter in the crash. To say all the teens in the car did something wrong is a non factual poor opinion!! My family and I are working toward forgiveness. I hope Jerry can understand this. And yes there is a memorial fund set up for my daughter that will allow us to help people in her honor,is that wrong? lastly I appologize for the misprint in the paper with Sean's name. PEACE & LOVE
Liberty Belle

Hamden, CT

#7 Aug 16, 2008
My prayers go out to all the families for the loss of their beautiful, precious children. This is a tragedy, and the families are doing their best to keep a positive light aglow.

The poster above who believes these kids were not,'innocent' is a heartless moron. Only one kid was driving, and if you read any reports, they were drug and alcohol free.
Citizen

Bristol, CT

#8 Aug 16, 2008
Nothing will ever bring these kids back or undo the pain and suffering the people in the other car have had to endure. If a vigil brings the families comfort, who are we to judge?
anon

Meriden, CT

#9 Aug 16, 2008
Marji I don't know where you got your information but Sean did not wreck his first car.
anon

Meriden, CT

#10 Aug 16, 2008
I think it is wonderful that these families are honoring thier childrens memory. If I lost a child I would want people to remember them for what they stood for. Its is just a shame that some people have to judge people they don't even know.
Wendi

Bristol, CT

#11 Aug 16, 2008
Tragedy could strike anyone at anytime. We shouldn't waste our time judging others but celebrating our friends and loved ones. Living each day to the fullest. Believe me you don't realize just how much you love someone or how much of an impact that person has on your life untill they're gone. So everyone needs to stop being so vicious. The famlies are putting their grief to do positive things for other children. What kind of person would actually judge someone for that. Praise is what I should be reading about. My thoughts and prayers have always and continue to go out to all. R.I.P Gozzy . Much love to u and your family Mr Roy,Me-Me, Dennis, Amanda And Lexi.
Mr E

Andover, CT

#12 Aug 17, 2008
Well, its safe to say that very bad judgement was the cause of this crash. If the kids and their families want to mourn, if it makes them feel better, fine, let them do it. People have memorials all the time.

I just hope that this lesson is learned, not only for the kids that will be there, but for others as well. Driving a car, let alone a fast one, is a huge responsibility and should not be taken lightly.
Marji

Brewster, MA

#13 Aug 17, 2008
anon wrote:
Marji I don't know where you got your information but Sean did not wreck his first car.
I did not mention the name 'Sean', I said 'the driver',(who was Ryan). Approx. 6 mos. prior to this tragedy, he wrecked his 1st high-performance car in an accident. Too bad he didn't at least learn a lesson from that. It's been almost a year and this accident still haunts me. A good friend of mine was Alyssa's granddaughter. It hurts when you know your friend is in such pain, especially a senseless tragedy such as this.
Marji

Brewster, MA

#14 Aug 17, 2008
In my post just 1 min. ago, I just noticed I wrote "Alyssa's granddaughter" in error, my friend was Alyssa's grandmother.
Mr E

Andover, CT

#15 Aug 17, 2008
I believe the paper made a mistake. Seems that they put the name Ryan instead of Sean. Sean was driving the car.

Since: Feb 08

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#16 Aug 18, 2008
Jerry wrote:
Instead of this business of memorializing the wrongdoings of the kids involved in this and also condoning the actions of the parents of these kids, you should be doing something for the innocent victims of this incident. It infuriates me to see all the crap on the side of the road where this incident took place which only reinforces and confirms the bad judgment of the parents and the stupidity of the persons involved. Look at the innocent victims of this tragedy and do something for them instead of wasting the time of the police department and others to protect those standing in the road at this memorial. Condoning bad judgment isn't helping those that see this and do the same stupid act.
I agree. Not to mention, the backing up of traffic. What time does the parking lot of this place close? At sunset probably.
Wendi

Bristol, CT

#17 Aug 18, 2008
Fist of all the memorial is being put on by the parents of the passengers. What wrong doing was there on there part except getting in the car with driver.And the parking lot doen't close, it's a cemetary. And the parents have helped pass new driving laws for teen drivers. These kids were innocent victims. If you were from around here you would know that. But you just another idiot who has nothing better to do then pass your venom through the internet. These families are still in mourning, and still tring to make sense of all this. Maybe you wouldn't be so critical in your opinions if this were your son or daughter, brother or sister. And no one is condoning bad judgment, but we all use bad judgement at one time or another. God didn't make any of us perferct not even you Jery or YOU CT Citizen.
HML

Newington, CT

#18 Aug 19, 2008
Everyone makes mistakes - nobody is perfect! Those three other kids made the decision to ride with him knowing he had a past record for driving crazy. Sean Landry's family is probably suffering worse because they have to live with the fact that their son "killed" three kids and himself. Don't you think that you ALL should come together with them and comfort them too? The parents didn't do it!!!! There comes a certain time in a parents life when they should be able to give let their children make decision wether they are wise or not, unfortunately, his was not and it cost alot of people heartache and hurt. Bottom line is: as a mother of 2 small children, I would NEVER want to endure the pain that ANY (including the driver) of the parents are feeling right now. They need forgiveness and comfort too!
anon

Old Lyme, CT

#19 Aug 19, 2008
Marji wrote:
There was bad judgment on ONE young man in this tragedy - as well as his parents who allowed him to get yet another high-performance car after he wrecked his first car months prior.
The earlier remarks here about "memorializing the wrongdoings of the kids" and questioning "scholarships and funds to honor the kids", are mean and spiteful. Four families lost a child and two people were injured very badly. It is time now for forgiveness and togetherness.
How would you feel if this happened to you - think about that.
Thank you very much for those kind words, I wish more people had your mindset.

As for wrecking a first car, Sean never did. He had a fender bender, and the car was fixed then sold so he can purchase a new one, which he did on his own.
concerned driver

United States

#20 Aug 20, 2008
My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the deceased, especially the Landrys. I think it is nice that this memorial is being held. However, I ask that participants stay out of the road after the gathering and not place items by the telepone pole. The dangers are that someone could be hit by a car coming up the hill, and that drivers in the days that follow could be distracted by the memorial items. Maybe these things could be left at the loved ones' graves or at a designated spot at the cemetary. This relatively new custom is not safe... many times I have seen drivers drift into the other lane as the balloons, flowers, crosses, stuffed animals, banners catch their eye. The last thing we need is another tragedy.

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