They were pronounced dead at the hospital, and the driver and Cekic’s cousin, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, was rescued from the car by good Samaritans and hospitalized with serious injuries.RELATED: Couple recounts saving driver in Pearl River crash
Hundreds of loved ones said their final goodbyes to Cekic, an honors student at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, during her funeral at the family’s Astoria, Queens, mosque Tuesday morning.
Her father, Began Cekic, told Eyewitness News through tears that he will always regret not spending more time with his daughter.
“We don’t pay enough attention to our kids. It’s all about money, chasing the dreams, but our kids are the dreams. The youths are the future,” he said.
He said his daughter was “everything” and hopes she’s in a better place.
“I will never be able to take her to altar. I will never take her to altar, to hold her kids. Only when you lose something like this, you know this is so precious,” Began Cekic said.
MORE: Extended interview with Began Cekic
Meantime, at a Yonkers funeral home, the line for Nezaj’s wake stretched a block and a half long.
The 17-year-old Pearl River High School student was described as a popular athlete who excelled in football and wrestling. Among the items carried into the funeral home was Nezaj’s football jersey.
He may have competed in tough sports, but the teen was known for being able to make others laugh.
Nezaj’s cousin Brian said he’s “devestated” and talked to him almost every day.
“He would always make people laugh when others were serious. Just a great person to be around,” he said.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday at Ruggiero & Sons, Inc. on Yonkers Avenue.
Counselors will remain available at schools throughout Pearl River this week.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police say alcohol and drugs were not involved.
So far, no charges have been filed.
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