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Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Updated: January 22, 11:25 AM ET
Family and friends pack Holy Cross Church for funeral

Associated Press

HOLYOKE, Mass. -- Funerals were held Tuesday for two of the four Yale students killed in last week's crash on Interstate 95 in Connecticut.

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 reported.

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 York Yankees.

"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 of them."

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."