Updated 03/15/2013 10:30 PM
Union College car crash victim remembered at memorial service
Union College held a ceremony to honor Sean Murphy. The 22-year-old Union student died Wednesday in a crash in East Greenbush. YNN's Madeline Rivera has more on the solemn ceremony and what his friends are family had to say about the young man.
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- "This is really tough for all of us. I think just seeing everybody there today. That really made it kind of sink in," said Patrick Debenedetto, student at Union College.
Family, friends and the college community gather inside Memorial Chapel at Union College. Many of them coming to terms with the fact that they have lost one of their own.
"Sean was an unbelievable guy," said Debenedetto.
He is one of Sean Murphy's fraternity brothers. He says the 22-year-old was taken a little too soon.
"It just hit me inside like a ton of bricks," he said.
Murphy was killed in this car crash in East Greenbush on Wednesday. He was in the passenger seat when police say driver, Mark Fusco, lost control and hit a tree. Murphy was ejected and died on the scene.
"Sean was hands down one of the funniest kids I met here," said Debenedetto.
But at his memorial service, many of his friends and family recalled happier moments of the man they fondly referred to as "Murph."
"He was always there. He was always someone you could talk to. He was always willing to listen. And like I said before, he could always make you laugh," said Debenedetto.
Murphy's father spoke and shed tears at the service. He thanked Murphy's family at Union where his son spent the last phase of his life.
"Sean was a very warm, caring, loyal friend," said Victoria Brooks, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the college.
Meanwhile, that driver, Fusco, is has been charged with DWI. He is an officer with the Rensselaer Police Department.