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Mourners remember Lauren Baruch, one of four women killed in Cutchogue limo crash

The coffin of Lauren Baruch is carried into

The coffin of Lauren Baruch is carried into St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Kings Park Wednesday morning on July 22, 2015, for a memorial service. Credit: James Carbone

Felicia Baruch walked slowly behind a brown coffin Wednesday carrying her 24-year-old daughter and into the quiet of St. Joseph's Church in Kings Park.

She let out a deep painful cry, echoing through the Roman Catholic Church, triggering sobs at her daughter Lauren Baruch's memorial service.

Hundreds gathered there to remember the promising woman killed Saturday.

"She was just getting ready to go out into the world and to do so many things," the Rev. Thomas W. Tassone, said in his homily.

He remembered her as a vibrant soul who lived a short, but full life. She cherished family, he said, picked friends wisely and relished planning trips such as Saturday's wine country limousine jaunt with friends.

The Smithtown resident and three others -- Stephanie Belli, 23, of Kings Park; Amy Grabina, 23, of Commack; and Brittney M. Schulman, 23, also of Smithtown -- were killed when a pickup truck broadsided the limo as it made a U-turn on Route 48, shortly after leaving a Cutchogue winery. Police charged the pickup's driver, Steven Romeo, 55, of Southold, with driving while intoxicated.

Tassone noted the support for Baruch's family since the crash and Wednesday.

"We are here in overflowing numbers to try to comfort Lauren's family and to try to comfort ourselves as well," Tassone said.

He recalled a talk with her parents about the "unfairness" of their daughter's death.

Felicia and Steven Baruch said they believed their daughter "can do things in heaven: she can influence life on Earth in ways perhaps greater," Tassone said.

He urged mourners to lean on each other for support and never forget the outpouring of warmth.

"It's a testimonial to Lauren and to how much she was so loved," he said.

She loved her family and friends just as much.

On Father's Day, she gave her dad tickets for a game between the New York Yankees and his favorite team, the Baltimore Orioles, Tassone said.

Last year, she organized a family outing to the Bronx Zoo before her brother Michael returned to college, Tassone said.

Lauren Baruch also planned to visit Israel to explore her roots, he said.

Schulman's funeral is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's.

A wake for Belli is planned Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. James Funeral Home in St. James. Her funeral is at 11:30 a.m. Friday, also at St. Joseph's.

Grabina's funeral was held Tuesday.

After the service, Lorry Sullivan, whose daughter once baby-sat Lauren Baruch, called her a "beautiful child."

"You teach your kids to do the right thing, and it's just not fair," Sullivan said outside the church.

Pallbearers wheeled the coffin out of the church. Baruch's brother Michael and father helped her mother through the doors of the sanctuary, again following the coffin.

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