Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Updated: January 22, 11:25 AM ET
Family and friends pack Holy Cross Church for funeral
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- Funerals were held Tuesday for two of the
four Yale students killed in last week's crash on Interstate 95 in
About 1,100 people packed Holy Cross Church for the funeral of
Nicholas Grass, a sophomore pitcher on Yale's baseball team. Grass
will be buried at a later date.
Hundreds also attended a service at St. Matthew's Episcopal
Church in Bedford N.Y., for Andrew Dwyer, a 19-year-old sophomore
from Hobe Sound, Fla.
Dwyer, Sean Fenton, 20, a junior from Newport Beach, Calif.; and
Kyle Burnat, 19, a sophomore from Atlanta were killed in the
accident near Exit 24 in Fairfield, Conn. Grass died at a hospital Saturday.
Nine Yale students were riding in a sport utility vehicle that
collided with a jackknifed tractor-trailer rig.
Two students remained in critical condition Wednesday. Eric
Wenzel, 21, of Garden City, N.Y., was at Bridgeport Hospital,
suffering from broken ribs, internal injuries, a broken collar
bone, a facial fracture and cuts.
Brett Smith, a freshman from Papillion, Neb., remained in a coma
at Norwalk Hospital.
Zachery Bradley, 19, of Alexander Ark., a sophomore infielder on
the school's baseball team, was discharged Monday from Bridgeport
Hospital and attended Grass' funeral. Bradley suffered a broken
left arm, broken jaw and cuts and bruises.
Eight of the nine students played either football or baseball at
Yale. They were returning from a Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity
event in New York, school officials said.
The DKE fraternity is popular among Yale athletes. Former
members include President George W. Bush and his father, both of
whom played baseball for Yale.
Speaking at Grass' funeral, Yale baseball coach John Stuper said
the deaths will leave a big hole in his roster.
"But the largest hole of all resides right here in my heart,"
he said. "I wish somebody could tell me what to do about that."
Dwyer grew up in Bedford, N.Y., and attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn.
Mourners filled St. Matthew's Episcopal Church for Dwyer's
service, and hundreds of others watched on closed-circuit
television in a heated tent next to the church, the Greenwich Time
Dwyer's father, Andrew T. Dwyer, a Yale graduate, described his
only son as a thoughtful and humorous young man who enjoyed
spending time with family and rooting for the New York Jets and New
"They were a great group of kids," Andrew T. Dwyer told the
chapel full of mourners. He added that his son had developed a
sharp wit that often was unmatched. "He could argue with the best
Alix Manoff, a high school classmate of the younger Dwyer, told
Cablevision News 12, "Just his stories, hearing all his best
friends talking about him made you laugh and at the same time cry
because you realized what an amazing person he was, and that kind of
thing you can only realize when someone's gone."