A wedding, a birthday, a tragedy: Stories of the New York limo crash victims

The wedding page tells the story of a young man and woman who first became friends, then became a romantic pair, and then became a married couple.

It is a common story, yet singular in its own way. Amy King and Axel Steenburg “sipped craft beers” and played pool on their first date in 2015, then boated with friends on their second — a day in which they spent “from sunrise to sunset” talking, according to the online wedding page, theknot.com.

About three years later, on June 30 of this year, they married in a Catholic church in the tiny village of Hagaman, New York, about 18 miles northwest of Schenectady. Among the bridal party at Amy and Axel’s wedding were Amy’s sisters — Allison King, who was the maid of honor, and Mary Dyson and Abigail Jackson, who were bridesmaids. 

Nearly 100 days after the wedding, the four sisters were among the 20 people killed in the afternoon limousine crash in a rural area of Schoharie. They were together to celebrate Amy’s birthday. Axel Steenburg and his brother Rich Steenburg, the best man in the wedding, also died in the crash.

Also killed in the crash was another couple married in June — Erin and Shane McGowan. All of the 17 passengers in the crash died, as did the driver and two pedestrians.

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