More details of Lindsey’s last letter to sister Kalie Gill revealed
Sad scenes at funeral and support for Irish family
An overflow crowd of hundreds attended the heartbreaking funeral of Irish teenager Kalie Gill on Monday in the Bronx, where her two surviving sisters eulogized Kalie as a shining star who will never be forgotten.
Kalie, 15, was run over and killed by an out of control car at a church festival at St. Paul the Apostle in Yonkers on the evening of Friday, October 11. She was accompanied by her sister Lindsey, 12, who suffered multiple injuries in the accident and remains hospitalized at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. Lindsey is expected to make a full recovery.
The eldest of the three Gill daughters, 21-year-old Jamie, read letters that she and Lindsey wrote to their departed sister after her sudden death. Lindsey wrote that the was told the shattering news in the days after it happened, and that she was sorry she didn’t get a chance to say farewell to her big sister and best friend.
“I never wanted this to happen to you. I never got a chance to say goodbye,” Jamie read to the mourners who packed St. Barnabas High School Chapel.
“When I found out about it I wanted to cry but no tears came out. I froze . . . I’m sorry I can’t make it to your wake and funeral, but I’m here trying to survive for you.”
Lindsey, who suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries and has undergone several surgeries, touchingly wrote that her immediate thought after the accident was of her big sister.
“When we got hit I thought of you...we didn’t talk too much at the fair,” Lindsey said.
The student at PS 19 in Woodlawn brought tears to the eyes of the congregation when she wrote about sharing a bed with Kalie.
“We shared a bed most of our lives. I loved it but you hated it. I would put my leg on you because I was scared of the dark,” Lindsey wrote.
The sisters, Lindsey remembered, had their share of battles; Kalie was a late sleeper and Lindsey was an early riser. But they bonded over so many shared interests, including Bratz dolls and making videos.
“We used to make up random words and make our Bratz dolls say them,” Lindsey wrote.
Jamie’s recollections of her sister were equally poignant, and she showed remarkable strength and poise when she rose to address the mourners.
“I’m so happy you were part of my life since you were born,” she said. “I love everything about you. I loved how witty, funny and sarcastic you were.”
When Lindsey was born, Jamie remembered, a feisty Kalie, then three, demanded to know who the newcomer was.
“You marched up to Dad and asked, ‘Who’s that baby?’ That baby was Lindsey.” The two youngest Gill children soon became best friends.
Jamie recalled a sister who was fearless on the rides at Six Flags Great Adventure, and adept at making new friends.
“She was kind-hearted and gentle. She never had a bad word to say about anyone,” Jamie said.
The devastated Gill parents, Damien and Karen of Fenagh, Co. Leitrim, were supported by many family members and friends who traveled from Ireland to help them cope with the tragedy. The Gills came to New York in the 1990s, spent several years here and had their three children, then returned to Leitrim with their girls for some eight years. They relocated to Woodlawn during the summer, and the Irish community far and wide has been stunned at the tragic turn of events that has forever changed their lives.
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