Hundreds Attend Funeral for Independent Haitian Assembly of God Church Members Killed in Van Crash

Hundreds attended a funeral service for church members killed in a church van crash in March.

There was an overflow of people inside the Havert Fenn Center in Fort Pierce. Some people had to remain outside the building as they said their last goodbyes because there was no room inside.

Virginia Jules traveled from Tampa to pay her respects.

“I wanted to show my support, because it could have happened to me to you or anyone who goes to church. That’s why I think it’s very, very important to be here,” said Jules.

The crash killed some of the oldest members of the Independent Haitian Assembly of God Church, who helped to launch the church in Fort Pierce decades ago.

The church’s van was carrying 18 congregation members when it plunged into a canal on the way back from a revival in Fort Myers. Eight people died in the crash.

Godfrey St. Louis said he works at the Walgreens next to the church. He said he got to know some of the church members because they would shop at his store.

“I don’t know them personally, but my heart felt for them, because I also have some Haitian descent (in) my family members, and I just felt it was the right thing to support them when it comes to tragedy like this right here,” said St. Louis.

SOURCE: WPBF 25 – Angela Rozier