Tragedy hits local church in Brooklyn
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On Sunday morning, May 3, 2015, a van carrying members of the Bethesda French Seventh-day Adventist Church was involved in an accident after leaving the Greater New York Conference Men's Prayer Convention in Ellenville, New York. As a result of the accident, three members of the church died from their injuries, three were hospitalized, and one was released. The accident is under investigation by the State Police. Counseling is being provided for the families and members of the church as needed.

See NBC4 New York News coverage of the event below.


Update:  The names of the deceased are as follows:
Gary-Pierre Edouard, 48
Ricadeau Anantua, 33
Miguel St. Luis, 18

Mario Estivern Snr is still hospitalized.  Ariel Regis, 
Mario Estivern Jr. and Guepson Gue was released from the hospital and are home.

Dr. G. Earl Knight, president of the Greater New York Conference expressed his condolence to the family of the bereaved and asks that the conference membership lift up these individuals in the hospital in prayer and also the family members of all affected by this tragedy.  Dr. Alanzo Smith, ministerial, family life and men's ministries director, along with several other pastors from the Franco Haitian community are visiting the family members and assisting with counseling services.

As we pray for comfort and healing, the Greater New York Conference has also extended compassion through financial support. We invite those of you seeking an opportunity to contribute to the families to do so by visiting 

You may also send your contribution by mail to 7 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, NY 11030 marked "Bethesda Compassion Gift".  Your gift of compassion will go directly to the families involved in the accident which occurred on May 3, 2015. 

Miguel Saint Louis
Monday, May 11, 2015

McManus Funeral Home
4601 Ave N
Brooklyn, NY 
Internment at:
Cypress Hills Cemetery
833 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208

Ricadeau Anantua
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mount Sinai Seventh-day Adventist Church
21710 93rd Avenue
Queens Village, NY 11428
Internment at:
Pine Lawn Memorial Park
2030 Wellwood Ave
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Garry-Pierre Edouard 
Monday, May 18th
Gethsemane French Seventh-day Adventist Church
357 Empire Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11225