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Emotional Memorial for Tour Bus Crash Victim

June 21, 2006 11:17 AM

KAHALUU, Oahu (KHNL) - Friends, co-workers and family of a man killed in last Monday's crash, gathered to remember the life of Corey Voss.

The fatal crash site was a place of death, but Tuesday evening, it was filled with life.

As dozens of people shared tears, stories and quiet moments over a man they all loved.

"I think the number of people who showed up says a lot about Corey and how many lives he touched in his life," says Voss' friend, Don Mangiarelli.

Friends and co-workers came out to remember 41-year-old Voss, who was killed on Kamehameha Highway when a tour bus slammed into his SUV.

Voss, worked at the Oahu Country Club, but had just gotten another job. So his co-workers were planning a farewell party for tonight. Instead they spent the evening saying farewell for good.

"Its like a final goodbye, that he'd be remembered with all of us," says Voss' co-worker Nancy Lacuesta.

Voss was one of nine children, and while many are suffering, his huge family now has a huge loss.

"Its really hard. I'm the youngest. He's one up from me, we're the closest of all the brothers. It's like someone ripped my heart out," says Jay Voss.

Even in his pain, Jay's heart goes out to his brother's wife, who is six months pregnant.

"Corey loved her so much. He talked about her all the time and was so looking forward to a new girl. It was devastating."

The site of Corey's violent death has been transformed, filled with flowers, candles and pictures. But, more importantly, filled with memories of a man who will live on in all who knew him.

"Corey's looking down on us now, and not wanting us to look at the difficult times and instead celebrate how happy his life was, " says Jay.

The Voss family is also planning a private beach memorial for a later date.

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