Community says goodbye to teen killed in crash

LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) – Hundreds of people came together Friday, to remember a Lancaster teen who died in last weekend’s mid-air crash. James Metz was just 14-years-old. metz

Members of the wind symphony Metz was part of played as people entered Our Lady of Pompeii Church, in Lancaster,  Friday morning. A family friend says it was touching to see so many people at the funeral.

One person at the service said, “I think it’s just absolutely wonderful the turnout the community is here for family. They need our help and prayers.”

Many people were upset at the funeral, but when James Metz’s family spoke, at times the church echoed with laughter.

James’ mother said he was a loving son who made parenting fun, then joked that there were times when he didn’t clean his room or turn in his homework.

The 14-year-old died on Saturday when two small planes crashed off Townline Road in Lancaster. His pilot 78-year-old Anthony Mercurio also died. It may be several months before the investigation report is released, telling us exactly why the two planes to collided.

Metz will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lancaster. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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