More than 100 turn out for funeral for man who died after he was set on fire on Lyell Avenue
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — More than 100 mourners attended a funeral service Wednesday morning for Steven Amenhauser, the man who died from his injuries after being set on fire. Two teens have been charged with his murder.
Steven Amenhauser did not have any close family here in the city, but the community came out to ensure he had a proper funeral and burial.
Holy Apostles Church in Rochester was filled to capacity as people from all walks of life, came to say goodbye to Steven Amenhauser. Many more watched a live stream of the funeral service online. Fr. Anthony Mugavero presided over the Mass of Christian Burial describing Amenhauser as a kind, gentle, and soft-spoken member of the community.
“Our brother Steven was suddenly, and violently taken from us,” Mugavero said. “Come swiftly to his aid. Have mercy on him, and comfort us by the power and protection of the Cross.”
Rochester police say Amenhauser was intentionally set on fire back on March 12, inside an apartment on Lyell Avenue. He died four days later. Two teens identified as 16-year-old Jayvion Perry, and 14-year-old Adriel Riley Jr. have since been charged with murder.
“He certainly was not someone who should’ve been treated in a negative way of any kind,” Mugavero said. “Let alone deserve the horrific suffering, and death he endured,” Mugavero said.
Mourners prayed and shared messages throughout the hour-long service. Amenhauser’s body was loaded into a hearse for the short ride to Riverside Cemetery. Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester Bishop Salvatore Matano thanked all those who attended.
“My sisters and brothers your presence here today is an extraordinary witness to the faith,” Bishop Matano said. “You come as Father Mugavero said so beautifully, because you know you understand we are all sisters and brothers in the family of God.”
Fr. Mugavero says Easter Sunday morning’s 9:30 Mass will be dedicated to Steven Amenhauser.