By 3:30 p.m., Amsterdam police estimated 300 people were in line.
The gathering for family, friends and the community was set to run from 3 to 7 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church, 50-52 Cornell St., Amsterdam.
The gathering was to honor Mary Dyson, Robert Dyson, Abby Jackson, Adam Jackson, Allison King, Amy Steenburg, Axel Steenburg and Rich Steenburg, all killed in the Oct. 6 crash at Route 30 and Route 30A in Schoharie. Among the eight are four sisters and two brothers.
“I knew Abby. I didn’t know the others, but all I’ve heard is fantastic things about all of them, and those are the phone calls I was getting in the middle of the night," said one of the mourners, Christopher Carpenter.
Carpenter is affiliated with the Greater Amsterdam Parent Teacher Organization and organized Monday night's candlelight vigil on the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge. He was friends with Amsterdam reading teacher Abby Jackson.
“Abby was small in stature, gigantic in heart," Carpenter said. "She was just a really loving, caring person. She affected so many children in that school. If you weren’t in her class, she would get to know many of the kids who passed her in the halls. She would take notice of them and talk to them and make them feel unique. She never judged any kid by the way they looked or their financial status or anything. She treated everybody with dignity and equality.”
A Mass of Christian Burial for the eight is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Calling hours and services for the 12 others killed are scheduled through the weekend and early next week.
A full list of obituaries: Schoharie limo crash victim obituaries
St. Stanislaus is located on a single-access street next to Green Hill Cemetery. Shortly before the scheduled 3 p.m. start, the line of mourners stretched two blocks down Cornell Street, nearly reaching Hibbard Street.
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Amsterdam police estimate 300 people in line at St. Stanislaus for calling hours.... Schoharie victims... at 330 pm #Schoharie— jeff wilkin (@jeffwilkin1) October 12, 2018
Mourners line Hibbard and Cornell streets outside of St. Stanislaus in Amsterdam. pic.twitter.com/U69uLS3ZtN— Jason Subik (@SubikGazette) October 12, 2018