Nesconset teen Liam Armstrong, who was hit and killed by a New York City train on March 26, was laid to rest Monday during a funeral mass in Nesconset, with the burial following at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Newsday reported [subscription required] roughly 200 friends, classmates, family members and more filled Moloney's Funeral Home in Hauppauge on Saturday for Armstrong’s wake to pay respects to the late teen. Many of the people in attendance were lacrosse teammates of Armstrong, and a few players showed up adorned in their full baseball uniforms, according to the Newsday report.
Police said Armstrong was struck and killed by a train in New York City last Tuesday while attempting to cross the tracks around 6:30 p.m. The No. 2 train was travelling northbound at the 79th Street and Broadway station at the time of the accident, when Armstrong tried crossing the tracks, according to police.
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A 17-year old friend of Armstrong told Newsday that rumors of Armstrong crossing the tracks on a "dare” were false.
"Liam would never throw his life away on a dare; he was a smart kid," Tylar Vigliarolo told Newsday.
Immediately following his death, locals took to social media outlets such as Twitter using the hashtag #StayStrongSmithtown for the community to gather around and share thoughts of and condolences for the late Armstrong.