'The sweetest person.' Loved ones remember 1 of 4 teens killed in Yonkers crash

Loved ones gathered today to remember one of four teens killed just days before Christmas in one of the worst car crashes in Westchester history.

News 12 Staff

Jan 5, 2021, 10:38 PM

Updated 1,296 days ago

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Loved ones gathered today to remember one of four teens killed just days before Christmas in one of the worst car crashes in Westchester history.
A funeral for Anthony Cruz was held at St. Peter's - St. Denis' Church in Yonkers on Tuesday. He is being laid to rest at Oakland Cemetery in Yonkers.
Cruz’s aunt, Lilly Wilson, remembers him as the "sweetest person." 
"Anthony was my heart. Anthony was the sweetest person anyone could ever be,” says Wilson. “I love my nephew to death. This is tragic, no reason why he needs to leave at 18 years old."
Cruz died along with three other teens, Brandon Sierra, Randy Brisbane, and Tamari Jamal "TJ" Watkins. Investigators say Devon Haywood slammed into their car, tearing it in half.
Haywood, who was allegedly fleeing police at the time, later died at the hospital.
Tamari Watkins Sr., Tamari Jamal “TJ” Watkins’ dad, was among the mourners. Services for Sierra and Watkins were held last week.
"We said early on because of the unexpected nature of it all, that we just had to be here to support each other,” said Watkins.
All four teens had just graduated from high schools in Yonkers. Cruz’s uncle says his nephew dreamed of becoming a musician.
"He was doing good, he just started making his little music,” says uncle Joseph Rivera. “He was trying to do things that all these kids should be doing.”
According to a GoFundMe page set up in his honor, a viewing will be held for Brisbane on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Messiah Baptist Church in Yonkers. A private service will be held immediately after.


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