SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (PIX11)—The New York mother who drove her minivan into the Hudson River with her four children inside was laid to rest Thursday more than a week after the tragic episode.
Mourners gathered at First Baptist Church in Spring Valley to remember 25-year-old LaShanda Armstrong. Police say Armstrong loaded her four children into her van on April 12 following a heated argument with the father of three of the children.
The disgruntled mother proceeded to drive the vehicle off a concrete boat ramp into the Hudson River. Three of the children died, while the oldest child, 10-year-old LaShaun Armstrong managed to escape and survive.
"We all know that life is full of questions," the Rev. Naomi Latour told mourners inside the place of worship. "LaShanda loved God, and God loved LaShanda, and nobody can stop that."
A joint funeral was originally planned for all the victims, but the children's father Jean Pierre - who did not attend Thursday's funeral - insisted on having a separate service for the children later this week. The decision grew ire from many of Armstrong's relatives.
"She gave birth to them. She was their mother," Armstrong's cousin Channise White told the Associated Press. "At the end of the day, no matter what, they are her children. They should be buried with her. "