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We Grieve the Loss of Four Young Men


YONKERS, NY – With great sorrow, the Yonkers Public Schools mourns the tragic death of four June 2020 graduates lost in last evening’s car crash in Yonkers. Saunders Trades and Technical High School graduates Brandon N. Sierra, Randy Isaiah Brisbane, Tamari J. Watkins and Riverside High School graduate Anthony Cruz.

Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools expressed, “This unthinkable tragedy, the loss of four young people with their lives ahead of them, breaks our hearts. Our prayers and condolences are with the family members and friends suffering today. These young men were beloved students at Saunders. Throughout last evening, Principal Mazzola, the school’s administrative team and teachers received phone calls and tried to comfort the family members, graduates, current students and staff.”

Saunders Trades and Technical High School Principal Steven R. Mazzola shared, “Saunders High School has always been a tight knit community which takes pride in being a family and creating family values. Last night, the Saunders family lost four terrific young men in a horrific accident; Randy, Tamari Brandon and Anthony will be missed, but will forever live in the hearts of every person who has been lucky to be a member of the Saunders family.

President Rev. Steve Lopez stated, “On behalf of the Board of Education Trustees, our deepest sympathy goes out to the families who lost their precious children, Brandon, Randy, Tamari and Anthony. These angels will be remembered in the hearts and minds of the students and staff in our schools who had the opportunity to have known them.”

Family members, Yonkers Public Schools students or staff who may need emotional support with their grief over the holiday may call the District’s Pupil Support Services Department at 914-376-8489.