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A grieving Long Island community began its goodbyes to three children who drowned in a capsized boat on the Fourth of July, with a wake held Saturday for 12-year-old David Aureliano who died. Gus Rosendale reports.
Mourners gathered Saturday at the wake of one of three children who drowned on the Fourth of July, when a boat capsized off Long Island.
At an East Northport funeral home, family and friends bid farewell to 12-year-old David Aureliano, who was killed along with 11-year-old Harlie Treanor and 7-year-old Victoria Gaines, who would have turned 8 Friday.
The three children were trapped in the boat's cabin when the Candi Won, a 34-foot yacht, capsized after a fireworks display near Oyster Bay.
Twenty-four people aboard the boat were saved, but the three kids could not be rescued.
Questions remain about what caused the boat to capsize. The boat's captain, who is David's uncle, claimed the boat was hit by a rogue wave. However, some experts believed the boat was overcrowded with 27 passengers.
An investigation is under way, but as of yet no one has been charged in the fatal accident and the boat remains submerged.
Wakes are being held on Sunday and Monday for the two other children, with funerals planned for Tuesday.
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