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'Two Years in Heaven': Family, Friends Remember Gabrielle Acevedo

Memorial mass held for college student from Port Chester who died in 2011 car accident.

It was two years ago today that the Acevedo family of Port Chester was struck by tragedy as 21-year-old college student Gabrielle Acevedo died as a result of a car acccident.

While the student at Nazareth College in upstate Pittsford, NY, near Rochester, is gone from her family and friends, she is still remembered and cherished for her spirit and her sense of commitment to the community.

Gabrielle was remembered on Saturday at a mass at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Port Chester. Moe Acevedo, Gabrielle's father, said many friends and neighbors visited their home over the weekend to share thoughts — and prayers — about Gabrielle.

He also explained that many of Gabrielle's fellow students from Nazareth College called or e-mailed the family to check in with them. Friends also stay in contact through the R.I.P. Gabrielle Acevedo page on Facebook.

In Port Chester, Gabrielle is also remembered in the  "Walk for Gabby" event. In May 2012, the second annual Walk For Gabby raised about $6,500 for the scholarship fund that bears the 2007 Port Chester High School graduate's name.

The third Walk for Gabby is set for June 15 at Port Chester High School.

Gabrielle was injured in a head-on car crash on Jan. 22, 2011. She was majoring in Speech Pathology with a minor in Spanish. In Port Chester, she had been a counselor and lifeguard for the Port Chester Recreation Department Day Camp, a peer leader and a member of the Anthony Foust Mentoring Program while in high school and a member of Partners for Learning at Nazareth College.

The scholarship fund in her memory is set up to help support a student studying communication disorders or special education. To donate to the fund, checks can be sent to The Anthony Foust Mentoring Group, Port Chester High School, 1 Tamarack Road, Port Chester, NY 10573, write "Gabby Acevedo" in the memo.

Diane Snyder February 09, 2013 at 03:32 PM
We will be going to the walk. Three hundred miles for Gabby is nothing. If i was not amazed by her young life, I would be amazed by the number of people who remember her with love. Diane Snyder
Laurie MacAllister February 23, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Thank you mom 2. You and Dad driving from Rochester for the "Walk for Gabby" event is a true testiment of your love for her family and for me. Can't wait to see you again for the June 15th "Walk". Peace and Love, Laurie
Virginia Acevedo February 23, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Thanks Diane for all you do , and thanks for laurie, without her and her vision of what to do to keep Gabby alive in our community and hearts this walk and scholarship in Gabby's name would not be . Love you both xo

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