Tons of of individuals packed a small upstate funeral house Saturday to recollect Edward Wilkins, who was shot to demise by the NYPD officer husband of his lover.
Wilkins, 20, was killed Sunday after Sean Armstead, 36, trailed his spouse, Alexandra Vanderheyden, 35, to a Wallkill resort for her obvious rendezvous with Wilkins.
Armstead chased after Wilkins on NY-211 and crashed his automotive into the younger man’s. Wilkins received out and ran for his life as Armstead fired and fatally wounded him, earlier than killing himself.
“It’s a horrible tragedy. He simply turned 20. His birthday was April 12,” stated a lady who recognized herself as Wilkins’ grandmother however wouldn’t present her title.
“I blame the lady,” she added.
There was no signal of Vanderheyden, who lives in Port Jervis, on the wake, which came about on the William M. Gagan Funeral House in Pine Bush. Wilkins was stated by sources to have labored on the older lady’s canine strolling enterprise.
Mourners, together with highschool pals of Wilkins, have been supplied with small remembrance playing cards bearing a photograph of a smiling Wilkins in a cap and robe from his 2020 commencement from Pine Bush Excessive Faculty.
Poster boards of the younger sufferer lined the partitions. On one board have been certificates of his accomplishments together with for safety guard coaching and movie manufacturing and a photograph of him profitable a wrestling match, his hand-held up within the air signaling victory.
Different images confirmed a youthful Wilkins on Little League groups. In a single, he’s carrying a Boston Purple Sox jersey and grinning for the digital camera.
His obituary on the funeral house web site described him as “a lover of all issues baseball” who was working as a safety officer at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello and “trying ahead to a future in Corrections.”
Wilkins lay in a brown casket clothed in a child blue button down shirt with a teddy bear by his facet.
“It’s not honest, it’s not honest, it’s not honest,” wailed a lady in entrance of his casket whereas hugging a mourner.
A pal who recognized herself as Amelia referred to as Wilkins “an ideal particular person.”
“He by no means did something that he wasn’t purported to. He was at all times good to everybody. He was like my brother,” she stated, breaking down in tears.