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St. James, Mo (KSDK) -- Friends and family gathered at a St. James church to remember a teenage student who was killed in a school bus crash on I-44 in Franklin County.
The funeral for Jessica Brinker which began at 11:00 a.m at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church ended with a horse drawn carriage that led the procession to the cemetery for her burial.
Brinker was the passenger in the back of the first school bus that crashed on eastbound I-44 Thursday morning on the way to Six Flags. Investigators said a semi slowed down as it approached a construction zone. A pick-up truck then hit the back of the semi. Then, two school buses carrying band students from St. James hit the crash.
Daniel Schatz, 19, who drove the pick-up also died in the crash. The Sullivan native was remembered in his hometown today.
Mayor Dennis Wilson, of St. James, spoke of the small, close nit town that he serves. " Many of the band members are still in the hospital. This little town will take the loss of Jessica very hard, but the hugs of teddy bears... and knowing that others around the country care, will make a big difference as we heal."
Lt. Todd Morrissey of Port Washington, NY and currently serving with Charlie Company, 101st Airborne Division is bringing good will to a small village in Afghanistan. The children are very poor and frightened of the on going war that surrounds them. Todd, with the support of his congregation at the Lutheran Church in Port Washington and Hugs Across America, is providing school, and personal supplies as well as the comfort of teddy bears to hundreds of the communities children. This is a part of the war that touches the heart and perhaps brings some understanding among very different worlds. We are delighted to help Todd with his mission.
Bring your friends for an evening of fun on August 7th, 2010. Music for Comfort Concert to benefit Hugs Across America featuring two very talented folk musicians!
Event: Music for Comfort Concert (to benefit Hugs Across America)
Venue: Angels & Kings (500 East 11th St, New York, NY). 21+. Cash bar. $10 suggested donation.
Date: Saturday, August 7th
Doors: 7:00pm (concert is 7:00-9:00pm). Bella Ruse opening. Sasha Papernik headlining.
Read more about the two two bands:
Sasha Papernik (headliner)
Classically trained and winner of national and international piano competitions since 1991, Sasha Papernik started writing songs as a means of reaching a broader audience, and eventually hit upon a style all her own, where raucous, virtuosic piano riffs meet smooth, lovely melodies. The intelligent, introspective lyrics are the icing on the cake. Initially crafted as solo-piano pieces, the songs developed a driving energy after some fellow conservatory musicians became Sasha’s first touring band. She built her chops the time-honored way: by playing in every tri-state area venue she could log onto her schedule, learning to give hushed atmospherics to an attentive audience and hurl blistering soul-grabbers at those who were on their twelfth beer.
"...it's Claremont’s slow burners that stand out. “Walker Evans” rolls like a journey through the Depression-era documentarian’s photographs—heartbreaking scenes whose voices “rise” and “roar” beneath a surface quieted by time; here vivid and clear once more. The soul-stirring “Okay” alternates between fragile piano tiptoeing and a restless amble, creating a heartbreaking narrative on love and loss..."
Stephen B. Griggs – MuzikReviews.com Contributor
In the last year, minimalist folk duo Bella Ruse have proven themselves to be a talented, hardworking band, going on three national tours and recording three EPs. They have also fully funded their upcoming full length album via Kickstarter.com with the generous support of their fans all across the country. Their simple but engagingly intimate show has impressed audiences from their hometown of Minneapolis to Seattle to Hollywood, and their songs Push On and Dark Horse have received radio and podcast play worldwide. After only a year together, band members Kay and Joseph are poised to make a big impact on the national scene.
This duo makes nothing short of stunningly beautiful minimal rock. It's almost impossible not to be charmed by singer Kay Gillette's warm, intimate vocals.
-Pete Kearns, Snobsmusic.net